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4 of 5 Marchand slaying suspects had run-ins with law

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Posted: Mar 7, 2012 6:08 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Mar 7, 2012 6:08 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Ascension Parish, murder suspects, Marchand, Marchand Murder, Rolondo Stewart, Michael Aikens, Travis Moore, Devon James, Bernard James

BATON ROUGE - Four of five suspects arrested in the vicious slayings of Robert and Shirley Marchand and their son, Doug Dooley, have run-ins with the law in their past.

Michael Aikens' rap sheet is the longest. He confessed to investigators his part in the slayings. Aikens' past includes charges of armed robbery, distribution of drugs, illegal use of a weapon, firearm possession by a felon and disturbing the peace. But Aikens was never sentenced to jail time for any of these charges.

The armed robbery count was dropped, along with possession of firearm by a felon, according to records at the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court's Office. Aikens plead guilty to disturbing the peace and distribution of schedule II drugs. His illegal use of a weapon charge was amended to disturbance of the peace.

Aikens' family was emotional and visibly shaken up, calling the arrests a shock. They told News 2, "Michael didn't have it in him to do something like this."

Rolondo Stewart's rap sheet also contains violent crimes. He was arrested for an early March shooting in Prairievile and booked on attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Deputies said Stewart also brought marijuana to jail, so he was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal colony.

Last year, Stewart pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. Illegal carrying of a weapon charges against him were dropped.

Stewart's family described him as "a saint," but declined to talk on camera.

Devon and Bernard James, both cousins according to family members, had bench warrants because neither showed up in court for traffic violations.

Devon James' dad tells News 2 he was enrolled at Mississippi State University and describes him as a good kid. He was shocked when deputies showed up to search the family home.

One area hotel worker tells News 2 Devon James frequented the hotel, adding he was a regular.

"[He was a] real quiet guy; never had any problems out of him. He would come once or twice a month, but I hadn't seen him in a while," Preeti Patel said.

Travis Moore has no criminal record in East Baton Rouge or Ascension Parish, according to court records.

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