Jury finds Hollins guilty of 2 counts of murder, other charges

A Pointe Coupee Parish jury found Morris J. Hollins guilty of killing two men and injuring another in a shooting that occurred on September 17, 2021 after a three-day jury trial, according to District Attorney Tony Clayton.

The jury trial began on Monday, Jan. 23, and the jury reached a unanimous verdict on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25. Hollins, 25, of 8760 Delta Place Road, New Roads, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The three victims who were shot were members of Hollins’ family. The shooting occurred on September 17, 2021 at the family home on 8760 Delta Place Road in New Roads. Gerell Hollins was intoxicated and was arguing with family members. Morris Hollins responded by pulling out a gun and shooting Gerell Hollins nine times. He died at the scene.

As Morris Hollins was shooting, Howard Hollins was trying to run away and was shot in the back and killed. Gregory Hollins, the father of Gerell Hollins, was behind his son and was hit by a bullet in his hip. In addition, a bullet struck the home of a neighbor, Michael Porche.

Morris Hollins was arrested on September 20, 2021 on the charges and has been in jail since his arrest. He had previously been convicted on December 9, 2019 for illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, and as a result of that conviction, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The prosecution was led by DA’s Office Chief of Trials Chad Aguillard, who was assisted by Assistant District Attorneys Ali Merenek, Kristen Canazardo and Nishart Bhushan.

“This was a very tragic case that involved the murder of two young men who were cousins of the defendant and the attempted murder of his uncle,” said Aguillard. “Our hearts go out to the Hollins family who is very torn by this case. However, we feel that justice was served this week and that the jury got it right.”

18th Judicial District Court Judge Kevin Kimball, who presided over the trial, has set post trial motions for March 8. Second degree murder convictions carry a sentence of life in prison without benefit of probation or parole.