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Arrest made in 1995 double murder

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Posted: Dec 9, 2013 11:52 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 9, 2013 1:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Police accused a man Monday of being responsible for a double killing in Baton Rouge back in 1995.

A BRPD spokesperson said detectives arrested James Johnson, 39, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Investigators said on Jan. 4, 1995, Johnson shot and killed Patricia Jackson and Lester Yarbrough in their apartment. Police said Johnson and a second, unknown suspect had broken into the apartment as part of a robbery.

Police said an infant in the apartment was also shot, but survived.

Investigators said the break in the case came after they found a witness who was at Johnson's mother's house the day of the murders. They said the witness told them Johnson came in crying and cursing about the murders, saying he'd shot a baby. According to them, Johnson and his mother worked up an alibi explaining where he was during the murders and a wreck that happened while he was fleeing the scene.

News 2 will have more on this developing story in tonight's broadcasts.

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