A prelimary trial date has been ordered for the New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting internet sensation Messy Mya. Twenty-four-year-old Jason Baptiste Hamilton is being held in lieu of $300,000 bond at the Orleans Parish Prison, records show. Hamilton is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 13.
Hamilton is accused of the November 14 slaying of 22-year-old Anthony M. Barre who became an internet celebrity as the acid-tongued comedian and "sissy bounce rapper" Messy Mya. Barre was gunned down while getting into his car in the 7th Ward. A photo of Barre's blood-splattered body—"and someone [holding] a cell phone just inches from his face—went viral across the internet only moments after his death. "Sissy bounce" refers to gay, transgender, lesbian or bisexual rappers who perform New Orleans’ signature hip-hop style known as "bounce."
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.
Hamilton was arrested on November 20 after visiting a hospital in neighboring Jefferson Parish. Hamilton's mother is quoted as saying that he was bipolar and had previously taken the anti-psychotic prescription medication Risperdal, reports NOLA.com.
Authorities have not offered a motive for Barre's murder. If convicted of second-degree murder, Hamilton faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.