An old murder case has new life, and a man who the DA's office had trouble prosecuting is now back in jail.

Edward Augustine Jr. is in jail indicted on a 2nd degree murder and attempted 2nd degree murder charges from a shooting that happened in December of 2007. It was on Tullis Drive, but the District Attorney's office was unable to prosecute back then saying witnesses were unwilling to cooperate; now fast forward to this month.

"The witness has testified in front of the grand jury and as a result of this witness's testimony we have been able to return an indictment against Mr. Augustine," said Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.

The District Attorney's office has a Victim Witness Assistance Unit, and it has a NOPD Special Investigations Unit helping it with these older cases that were previously refused.

"The Victim Witness Unit stays with them, checks on them, makes sure they're all right and they spend a lot of time counseling the witnesses and working with t hem, because this is a scary experience to go into court and testify," said Detective Jim O'Hern of the New Orleans Police Department.

NOPD's Special Investigations Unit credits a couple of things for these old cases moving forward, one being people having more confidence in the criminal justice system.

"I really believe the community is coming around to believing, you this guy is not going to walk out of court a free man, that he may be prosecuted, that he may go to jail," O'Hern said.

"I also think it says something about the fact that this is a witness who has observed the fact that Edward Augustine is just a bad person, that he has just done some very violent and vicious things to hurt other people in this community and maybe this is a person who said enough is enough, and maybe I can do something," Cannizzaro said.

Augustine was also arrested last January and booked with manslaughter after a police chase that ended in a fatal crash, when the car he was driving hit another car killing a young woman and injuring two others.