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BRPD: Triple murder suspect should have been in jail

4 years ago September 12, 2011 Sep 12, 2011 Monday, September 12 2011 Monday, September 12, 2011 4:53:24 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE - Police said just three days before Courtney Williams was accused of shooting and killing three women and injuring another man, authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on kidnapping charges.

Williams turned himself in Sunday to investigators in connection with the shooting Saturday afternoon in the 100 block of Progress Street in Baton Rouge.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said investigators were on the lookout for him when it happened.

"The word was out. He knew we were looking for him, family members knew we were looking for him. The victim and her family members knew we were looking for him," Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said.

Police said Williams shot and killed Josephine Lathers, 76; Brittany Lee, 18; and his girlfriend Clarissa Cobbing, 19. A fourth victim was shot in the leg and is expected to live.

Investigators think the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute.  The kidnapping charges stemmed from Williams taking his son from the people watching him a few days before the shooting.

"I mean, that's just a wake up call. Everybody just needs to come together and stop with all the foolishness, or they might end up like that," family friend Caresa Lastrapes said.

Williams was booked on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, ten counts of attempted aggravated arson and simple kidnapping.

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