Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:38 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 1, 2013 12:38 PM
LAFAYETTE - One of five suspects in the brutal murder of three people in Ascension Parish pleaded guilty today before his trial could begin.
Jury selection was underway in Lafayette for Michael Aikens when he changed his plea to guilty, according to the clerk of court's office. The case was going to be moved back to Ascension Parish to be heard once a jury had been seated.
Aikens is one of five men accused of a triple murder in Gonzales last year. Investigators said Irwin and Shirley Marchand were found inside their home with their throats slashed. Shirley's son, Doug Dooley, also had his throat slashed. Irwin Marchand and Doug Dooley died at the scene, while Shirley Marchand died later.
A safe with gold coins inside was stolen from the home, and later found cut into and abandoned with the coins missing.
Devon James, Bernard James, Rolondo Stewart and Travis Moore are also accused in the case. All but James faced the death penalty if convicted.
News 2 will have more on this development tonight.