As The Times-Picayune reports, the trial was halted Monday after the district attorney's office "got wind of a YouTube video of the 7th Ward slaying and dropped the murder charge against Jason Baptiste Hamilton in an attempt to track down the footage."
Officials then "quickly filed a new charge of manslaughter — a way to keep Hamilton in custody pending a new murder indictment in the case."
How they learned of the video is odd, to say the least. According to the Times-Picayune, "word of the alleged YouTube video came out on Friday after Hamilton's defense attorney, Martin Regan, declared that he would present an alibi defense. A courtroom worker then spoke up, saying she had seen a video of Barre's murder."
What prosecutors don't have, though, is the video itself. It's apparently been pulled off YouTube.
As for the victim, a "rapper and comedian" as well as a local social-media celebrity who was known for his "fluorescent hair shades and caustic barbs," the newspaper has an extensive archive of stories about him and his death. Check out how word broke of his murder: