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Messy Mya murder suspect arrested at Marrero hospital (News)

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Published on Nov 20, 2010

Messy Mya murder suspect arrested at Marrero hospital
Messy Mya, burgeoning rapper and YouTube sensation, identified as 7th Ward murder victim
Photo Of Shooting Victim Posted To Twitter
The 24-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting local rapper and comedian Messy Mya in New Orleans was jailed Saturday morning after visiting a hospital in Marrero, according to authorities.
jason_baptiste_hamilton_crop.jpgMessy Mya murder suspect Jason Baptiste Hamilton

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Jason Baptiste Hamilton, of the 2200 block of Sauvage Avenue in Marrero, after receiving a 911 call from the West Jefferson Medical Center, spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. The caller reported that a man "depicted in the news as being wanted by the New Orleans Police Department" was there.
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The deputies took Hamilton into custody after verifying that the NOPD wanted him on a second-degree murder warrant. Hamilton surrendered without incident, and he was booked as a fugitive into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, where he will remain until he is eventually transferred to neighboring Orleans Parish, Fortunato said.

Fortunato did not discuss details about the nature of Hamilton's hospital visit, citing medical privacy laws. The NOPD, which has not discussed a possible motive in the killing, did not release any more information.

Born Anthony M. Barre, Messy Mya died Sunday about 8 p.m. near St. Anthony and Rocheblave streets. He is the grandson of imprisoned businessman and political powerbroker Stan "Pampy" Barre.

Police found the 22-year-old face-down on the ground. Someone had shot him several times, the coroner's office said.

In death, Barre's persona -- which rattled off mean-spirited cracks about acquaintances and starred in rump-rattling videos -- went viral. Radio disc jockeys bemoaned his slaying on air; the number of clicks on his popular YouTube page skyrocketed; his nickname became a top trending subject on Twitter; and tribute videos and blog posting flooded the Web.

The NOPD announced that it had identified Hamilton as Barre's alleged killer and had obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday evening. If convicted of second-degree murder, Hamilton faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.
Anthony Barre

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