Man suspected of staging accidents, murdered ahead of arraignment

Cornelius Garrison, eight others charged in accident fraud case
Cornelius Garrison, eight others charged in accident fraud case
Man suspected of staging accidents, murdered ahead of arraignment Photo credit Getty Images: Thea Design

A man charged along with eight others just last week was shot and killed Tuesday night in his home in Gentilly.

Federal public defender Claude Kelly told the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate: “I’ve represented him for months — I got to know him well, and I was devastated to hear it. All he talked about were his kids — his son the basketball player, and he had a young daughter. It’s tragic.”

Cornelius Garrison was accused of masterminding over 50 automobile accidents in exchange for $150,000.

“I hope the NOPD and the FBI find whoever did this,” Kelly told the paper. “I understand it’s a top priority with law enforcement, and I’m glad to hear it.”

Garrison’s role in accident fraud scheme was that of a ‘slammer’.

He would drive a car with numerous other passengers, crashing into big rigs and causing accidents.

Garrison would then allegedly run from the scene and another person in the car would say they were driving.

That person would then call 911 and insurance companies setting the fraud aspect of the scheme in motion.

Garrison was among 28-people in total involved in the scheme.

It is not known if Garrison was prepared to cut a deal by testifying for the prosecution in the case.

There are no suspects or motive so far in the murder.