Arrest made in Donaldsonville double murder
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said after months of investigating, detectives charged a New Orleans man in connection with a double murder this past January in Donaldsonville.
Detectives arrested 26-year-old Quinton Jackson Wednesday with the help of New Orleans and federal authorities. The sheriff's office charged Jackson with two counts of first degree murder and booked him into the Ascension Parish jail Wednesday night.
Sheriff Wiley said on Jan. 26 deputies were called to a home on Latino Drive outside of Donaldsonville for reports of a shooting. There deputies said they found the 37-year-old Chad Nichols and 29-year-old Benny Booker, both of whom had been shot. Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene, while Booker died later at a nearby hospital.
Detectives said they found heroin inside Nichols' home and other evidence suggested the motive for the shooting was drug-related. Wiley said shell casings from the scene were connected to a weapon used in four different shootings between 2011 and 2013 in New Orleans. Detectives said Booker's vehicle, a white Dodge Magnum, was stolen from the driveway and later found set on fire in New Orleans. Detectives said surveillance video in the area of the home also showed a white BMW speeding away along with the stolen Magnum, with one person in the stole car and four others in the BMW.
Detectives said they've not been able to find the BMW, but they did eventually identify Jackson as a suspect after working with investigators in Orleans Parish. Deputies got a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday, and Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday.
Wiley said the investigation into the murder is still ongoing, and asked anyone with information about the other people involved in the killings to call the sheriff's office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to their anonymous tip line.