Posts tagged ‘murder’

Family, activist meet about alleged brutality

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

The family members of a man arrested recently on rape and murder charges rallied against perceived “harassment and brutality from law enforcement in the Lake Charles area.”

About 20 family members and friends of Marlin James Jenkins held a private meeting Monday that they had previously announced would be open to the public.

Jenkins was indicted March 5 on three counts of aggravated rape and one count of second-degree murder.

The American Press was not allowed into the meeting, but spokesmen for the family talked to the newspaper before the session began.

“The Jenkins family contacted us because of an alleged false arrest and abuse during the arrest of Mr. Jenkins,” said George Fisher, chairman of the Louisiana chapter of the National Action Network.

The family reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against the Lake Charles Police Department. Jacqualine Sonnier, Jenkins’ aunt, alleges that on the day of his arrest the suspect was beaten and is now blind in one eye.

Sonnier said Jenkins did not receive medical attention until she spoke with an assistant warden at Calcasieu Correctional Center, and there has not been a followup.

Officials at Calcasieu Correctional Center said no “apparent injuries or complaints of injuries” are listed in Jenkin’s health screening, which is performed at intake.

“His medical file has a past history of treatment of eye problems, including a detached retina,” said Darren Boyd, assistant warden at CCC. “The only self-initiated medical request he submitted was for tooth pain.”

Sonnier stated she is concerned about the circumstances of the arrest.

“I spoke with Detective (Frank) Fondel, and those stories are not adding up,” Sonnier said.

“He’s not responding to us, and the information we have gotten is not accurate,” she said.

Sgt. Mark Kraus, a spokesman for the Lake Charles Police Department, said he was not aware of the meeting until contacted by the media for comment.

He released the following statement:
“Chief (Don) Dixon has the utmost respect for the integrity of the investigations that Detective Fondel is involved in. Members of the administration, including myself and Chief Dixon, were at the scene at 333 Mill St. when the defendant was arrested. Chief Dixon personally advised Marlin Jenkins of his Miranda warnings and his entire body, to include his face, was photographed within one minute after his arrest.
‘‘Immediately following the arrest, he (Jenkins) was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital to retrieve a DNA sample, and he never once complained.”

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March 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Slaying suspect linked to rapes

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Lake Charles police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and slaying of a woman whose body was found Jan. 15, and they say the man, Marlin James Jenkins, 38, has sexually assaulted at least two other women.

The body of 50-year-old Linda Jackson Moore was found earlier this month behind a detailing shop at the corner of Shattuck and Belden streets.

Police ruled her death a homicide, but Police Chief Don Dixon, speaking at a news conference Monday, declined to give the specific cause of death, saying that to do so could compromise the case.

“I will say she died a violent death, and she put up quite a fight,” he said.

While investigating the death, Detectives Lecia McCullough and Franklin Fondel arrested Jenkins for the rapes of two women, Dixon said.

After further investigation, and with the aid of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip, they connected Jenkins to Moore’s death, he said.

“We also believe there may be other victims out there who have not come forward out of fear of Jenkins,” Dixon said. “This man was on a spree and is now in jail with no bond.

“Nobody deserves to be victimized and then afraid to report it.”

He said Jenkins, of 333 Mill St., has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated rape and seconddegree robbery — in addition to two counts of aggravated rape in the other cases.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso attended the conference to debunk rumors that Moore’s death was connected to the Nov. 23 death of Sierra Bouzigard, who was found on John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff.

“Keep in mind, all agencies stay in close contact regardless of the crime,” Mancuso said.

Officials are still awaiting forensic test results in the Bouzigard case, he said.

“We will be comparing notes with Lake Charles police and the task force in Jennings,” Mancuso said. “But right now, none of these (cases) seem to connect.”

Victims and people with information on the crimes can call 491-1311 and ask for McCullough or Fondel.

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January 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Time of essence in case

*published Dec. 1, 2009


Immigration issue clouds outlook in slaying of teen
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
Setbacks at every step have slowed the investigation into the death of Moss Bluff woman Sierra Bouzigard, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Monday.

“It took us 12 hours to identify the body,” he said. “That was 12 hours where we didn’t have a direction to go, didn’t know who to speak to first.”

The body of Bouzigard, 19, was found at 7:40 a.m. Nov. 23 on the side of John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff. Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke has ruled that she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Since last Monday, Mancuso said detectives have talked to 22 people who may have known or had contact with Bouzigard.

“It appears she made several visits to different people in the Moss Bluff area on Sunday,” Mancuso said.

He said much of the case hinges on crime lab results and phone records from several of the people investigators have interviewed.

“The phone companies have told us that they can get us the records within 14 days,” Mancuso said. “We want the records to corroborate some stories and hopefully figure out where she was last.”

He would not discuss the possibility that another area had been checked for evidence.

“Because we’re dealing with the real world, we need people to understand that it will take time to get results back from our crime lab,” Mancuso said.

On average, results can take from two weeks to 30 days to process because of certain procedures and the requirement that the results be verified by multiple forensic specialists.

Of the people interviewed in the case, 16 were illegal immigrants.

Calcasieu Correctional Center book-in records show they were arrested on Nov. 25 and lived in two apartments on Sistrick Road, off Sam Houston Jones Parkway.

Detectives said two Sheriff’s Office interpreters worked around the clock, with a federal interpreter, to handle the interviews.

Because detectives had filed no local charges, the immigrants were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and are now at a federal detention center in Basile.

They are charged with entry without inspection — a federal misdemeanor.

Mancuso said their immigration status is an issue because the Sheriff’s Office does not have jurisdiction over illegal immigrants.

Deportation proceedings have begun, and processing will reportedly take about a month.

“I can’t promise we will have enough by then,” Mancuso said.

If one of the deported immigrants becomes a suspect, Mancuso said his department would have to issue an arrest warrant.

“It is a problems for us,” he said. “He would have to be located there, and then we would need that country’s government to cooperate.”

He noted that a rape-homicide case remains open because of a similar situation.

On Feb. 19, 2008, the body of Wanda Barton, 26, was found in her mobile home.

Deputies listed 20-year-old Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara as a person of interest and said they believed he fled to Dallas and then back to his hometown of Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

In April 2008, a grand jury indicted Garcia Guevara on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary. He is still at large.

Mancuso would not say how Bouzigard was connected with any of the people detectives interviewed.

He said there are no suspects at this time, only persons of interest, and that no charges have been filed in the case.

“We still have a long ways to go in this investigation,” Mancuso said.

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December 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Suspect in fatal shooting re-arrested

published July 9, 2009
A man arrested earlier this week on a charge of second degree murder has been arrested on a charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, authorities said.

Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, and four others were arrested July 6 in connection with the death of Daniel Gueringer.

Rousseau was released on $25,000 bond.

The four other men — Bryce Perkins, Derek Peloquin, Greg Wisner and Taylor Johnson — remain in jail.

Perkins was charged with second-degree murder; Peloquin and Wisner were charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice; and Johnson was charged with inciting a riot and criminal conspiracy.

Perkins, whom police have identified as the shooter, has also been charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

His bond was set at $560,000.

Police on Tuesday reportedly found a gun that they were able to connect to Rousseau.

Rousseau’s bail on the murder charge was set at $200,000, but Judge Kent Savoie allowed his father, Michael Rousseau, to sign a surety bond for his release.

The bond allows a third party to assume responsibility for the full amount of the bail if the suspect does not appear in court.

Under the bond’s special conditions, Austin Rousseau must live with his father and submit to drug tests.

The bond does not require any collateral, only a $30 administrative fee.

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July 9, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

Fifth person arrested in LC slaying

*published July 8, 2009
Lake Charles police arrested a fifth person on Monday in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Gueringer, 20, according to documents.

Taylor Ryan Johnson, 20, of Iowa has been identified as the “uninvited guest” who showed up at a Fourth of July party at 4030 W. Prien Lake Road.

He is charged with inciting a riot and criminal conspiracy.

According to records, Johnson attempted to start a fight with several subjects at the party by bumping them and elbowing them. After being told to leave the party, Johnson called Bryce Wayne Perkins, 23, and Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, to meet him at the house.

During an argument between Johnson, Perkins and Rousseau and other party-goers, Perkins allegedly shot Gueringer, who detectives say was trying to break up a fight.

The report states that Johnson was overheard by several people saying he was going to kill someone.

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July 8, 2009 at 2:00 am Leave a comment