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Before Hurricane Katrina {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=BLP sources |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} }} Harris was arrested more than one dozen times as a juvenile. When Harris was 16 prosecutors charged him with killing 24-year-old Alphonse McGhee<ref name="NOLATopCriminal1">Filosa, Gwen. "Top criminal suspect agrees to a plea deal." The Times-Picayune. Saturday June 23, 2007. Retrieved on January 7, 2009. 1.</ref> in the courtyard of the Magnolia Projects.<ref>Nossiter, Adam and Christopher Drew. "In New Orleans, Dysfunction Fuels Cycle of Killing." The New York Times. February 5, 2007. Retrieved on January 7, 2009. 3.</ref> A grand jury indicted Harris as an adult and charged him with first-degree murder. Two years elapsed as the district attorney considered Harris's mental competency. When a key witness's testimony was ruled inadmissible, the district attorney's office dropped the charges against Harris. Less than one month later, Harris was arrested for a weapons charge.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Police arrested Harris on June 19, 2005; Harris faced charges for shooting 30-year-old thrift store owner Yoshio Watson to death at a birthday party of a child at the 2600 block of Philip Street in Central City<ref>Bryant, Salatheia and Roma Khanna. "New Orleans gang wars spill into area." Houston Chronicle. January 28, 2006. Retrieved on January 12, 2010.</ref> on May 12, 2005.<ref name="HoustonNOFailures"/><ref name="NOLATopCriminal1"/> On August 22, 2005, one week before Hurricane Katrina struck, the district attorney dropped the charges after a witness refused to cooperate. Harris remained in prison due to an aggravated battery case. After Katrina struck, Harris was placed in a prison in Shreveport, Louisiana.<ref name="HoustonNOFailures"/><ref>Hylton, Hillary. "The Gangs of New Orleans." TIME. Sunday May 14, 2006. Retrieved on January 7, 2009. 5.</ref>

Two weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jim Bernazzani, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in charge of the New Orleans field office, and the New Orleans police composed a list of 112 people who had proportionally committed the most crime in New Orleans; the police and FBI planned to build cases against them so they would be put in prison. Harris was one of the people on the list. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Bernazzani retrieved a disc from the remains of the FBI building before being rescued; using the disc Bernazzani sent the list to the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.<ref name="GangsNO3">Hylton, Hillary. "The Gangs of New Orleans." TIME. Sunday May 14, 2006. Retrieved on September 16, 2009. 3.</ref>

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