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06-20-2010, 03:30 PM


A man who served 14 years on Louisiana's death row before his conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court was named as a suspect in a West Bank murder.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office issued a warrant Thursday for Curtis Kyles, 51, of 2110 Cypress Acres Road in Algiers in connection with the June 11 slaying of Crystal St. Pierre, 26. JPSO also issued a warrant for Chicwanda Forbes, 25, also believed to be a New Orleans resident, said Col. John Fortunato, JPSO spokesman.
The warrants accuse the pair of second degree murder and second degree kidnapping. St. Pierre's body was found in a wooded lot in the 5900 block of U.S. 90 in Avondale by a worker checking on a canal in the area.
Kyles was charged with the 1984 murder of Delores "Dee" Dye, 68, in the parking lot of the Schwegmann's supermarket, 5300 Old Gentilly Road. His first trial was a mistrial, followed by a conviction and the years spent at Angola State Penitentiary before the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
The court found that the office of then-District Attorney Harry Connick Sr. had failed to turn over information that could have helped Kyles' defense. Kyles was tried three more times after the court ruling, but all of them ended in mistrials.
After the a 1998 mistrial, Connick decided not to pursue the case again.
Kyles was the subject of the non-fiction book, "Desire Street: A True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans," by former Times-Picayune city editor Jed Horne.
Fortunato said that once investigators identified St. Pierre through her fingerprints, they were able to determine that she had been kidnapped from the 2100 block of Cypress Acres Road on June 10. He said that the incident was reported to New Orleans Police, although no notification of the kidnapping was given to the local media.

Fortunato said it appears St. Pierre, who had substance abuse problems, had a violent dispute with Kyles over money, and that may have lead to her kidnapping and death.
Fortunato said Forbes also has prior arrests for theft and possession of stolen property. She is currently on probation for possession of crack cocaine and was convicted of prostitution in 2009 and simple battery in 2006.
Fortunato said that neither Forbes nor Kyles has been back to their homes or regular hangouts since St. Pierre's death. There is some concern that Kyles may have fled to Texas or Baton Rouge. Investigators are searching for a vehicle seen during the kidnapping. That vehicle was a 1999, maroon Mitsubishi Galant with a license plate number of SIU617.http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/06/post_193.html

Two suspects in the killing of a Metairie woman found dead in Avondale last week were captured by federal marshals in Mississippi on Thursday night.

Curtis Kyles, 51, of 2110 Cypress Acres Drive, Algiers and Chicwanda Forbes, 25, of 167 Westpark Court, Algiers will be booked with first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping when they are extradited from Mississippi.

Kyles and Forbes are accused of kidnapping and killing Crystal St. Pierre, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/06/two_suspects_in_killing_of_met.html

09-30-2015, 07:44 AM

Curtis Kyles, ex-death row inmate, convicted of killing Metairie woman


updated September 29, 2015 at 8:51 PM

Curtis Kyles, the former death row inmate whose 1984 murder conviction was overturned by the nation's highest court, is headed back to prison for life for killing a Metairie woman. Kyles, 56, of Algiers was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 29) of second-degree murder in the death of Crystal St. Pierre, 26, in June 2010.


Prosecutors said Kyles became enraged after the food stamp card St. Pierre had given him in exchange for cash lacked the correct balance. Kyles and his girlfriend, Chicwanda Forbes, forced St. Pierre from the Cedar Point Apartments in Algiers into their car and drove her to a wooded area in Avondale, where she was killed. Her battered body was found the next day with a gunshot wound to the head from a .38-caliber revolver.

The jury deliberated about two hours, 15 minutes, before reaching the verdict. Judge Glenn Ansardi of the 24th Judicial District Court will sentence Kyles to mandatory life in prison on Nov. 10.

11-11-2015, 07:55 AM

Death Row ex-inmate Curtis Kyles sentenced to life in 2010 killing
updated November 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Curtis Kyles, a former Death Row inmate, is headed back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary to serve a life sentence for second-degree murder. The 56-year-old Algiers resident was convicted Sept. 29 of killing Crystal St. Pierre in 2010.

Prosecutors said Kyles became angry over an incorrect balance on a food stamp card that St. Pierre, 28, had traded to him for cash. Witnesses testified Kyles and his girlfriend forced St. Pierre from an Algiers apartment into their car.

Her body was found in a wooded area off U.S. 90 in Avondale. She had been beaten and shot in the head.