NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Jalen Harvey, who was convicted of murdering Joseph Vindel on the West Bank of New Orleans during a sale of dirt bikeswas sentenced to life in prison, a Jefferson Parish judge ruled on Thursday, October 6.
Jurors found Harvey guilty of first-degree murder in early September.
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said Vindel, a New Orleans-area real estate agent, advertised the sale of his dirt bike through the marketplace app OfferUp. Harvey, who authorities say used a fake name and phone number on the app, responded to the ad by planning to use counterfeit money to purchase the motorcycle while armed with guns. a semi-automatic pistol. The DA says Vindel was also armed, but never chambered a round.
Harvey’s defense team argued that Vindel first pointed his gun at their client and Harvey fired in self-defense.
Experts testified that Vindel’s injuries were consistent with being shot in the face and then defensively deflecting as Harvey continued to shoot him through his front passenger’s side window.
Investigators say that after the shooting, Harvey drove Vindel’s SUV through New Orleans for more than an hour with his body inside. They say Harvey then removed the dirt bike from the back of the SUV and drove it back to the West Bank.
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