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With a video-recording device focused on him, Jason Baptiste Hamilton threatened to murder a student at Delgado Community College and boasted about having killed YouTube celebrity Messy Mya three days earlier, New Orleans police allege.
Hamilton was booked over the weekend with the Nov. 14 slaying of Anthony M. Barre, 22, who became an Internet celebrity as the acid-tongued comedian Messy Mya. Barre was gunned down while getting into his car near the corner of St. Anthony and North Rocheblave streets in the 7th Ward as he left a baby shower for the son he and his girlfriend were expecting.
News of Barre's death produced an intense reaction from social media users, who clamored for justice in the case. Barre's nickname became a top trending topic on Twitter, and tribute blog posts and videos sprouted across the Web.
But it was a verbal clash at Delgado that led New Orleans police to the suspect.
Three days after Barre's death, Hamilton went to Delgado's campus at 615 City Park Ave. and approached a woman enrolled in classes. He allegedly threatened to shoot and kill her because she refused to shake his hand. He then allegedly told her that he had just killed Messy Mya.
Both campus police and city homicide detectives were called to investigate. A campus police officer stopped Hamilton and performed a routine check for outstanding arrest warrants. When the campus officer found none, she escorted Hamilton off campus.
Meanwhile, homicide detective Kevin Burns met the student whose life was threatened. The student told Burns there was video of her encounter with Hamilton. Burns viewed the footage and noted that Hamilton's appearance was similar to a description of the gunman in Barre's slaying that was provided to investigators by eyewitnesses.
Court filings do not specify the type of device that captured the video. NOPD officials could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
The NOPD jailed Hamilton on one count of extortion later that night. They also confiscated a black-and-white jacket from him, according to court filings. Soon, he was released on $1,000 bond, court records show.
Before booking Hamilton with murder, Burns on Nov. 18 met with a person who was at the scene of the fatal shooting and claimed to have seen a man holding a handgun threaten Barre's life. The witness described that man as having shoulder-length dreadlocks and wearing a black-and-white jacket.
Burns presented the witness with a photographic line-up of possible suspects, and the witness identified Hamilton as the person who threatened Barre, according to police documents. Burns also showed the black-and-white jacket to the witness, who said it was the same jacket worn by the man who threatened Barre.
A day later, a third person came forward and told Burns that Hamilton had admitted to shooting Barre, police allege. Burns obtained an arrest warrant, and the NOPD publicly named Hamilton as a suspect. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Hamilton on Saturday while he visited West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.
His mother, Amy Hamilton, said her son was there receiving treatment for bipolar disorder and that he has previously taken the anti-psychotic prescription medication Risperdal.
Authorities transferred Hamilton from Jefferson to Orleans Parish early Sunday morning. He was booked with second-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison. Court records show he remains jailed in lieu of $300,000 bond.
Police have not said what they believe the motive for Barre's slaying was.
Barre, the grandson of imprisoned businessman and political powerbroker Stan "Pampy" Barre, lobbed mean-spirited cracks at acquaintances, shook his backside and wore his flowing hair in fluorescent colors in his popular videos. People packed St. Peter Claver Church to capacity for his funeral, and more than 100 mourners spilled out to the street.