Court records reveal inaction by feds before U.S. Marshal's murder
BATON ROUGE - Court documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit are beginning to outline a timeline of what action the feds took when Jamie Croom violated his federal probation last year.
This week, authorities said Croom killed U.S. Marshal Josie Wells in a shootout at an East Baton Rouge motel. Croom had been on the run for weeks after investigators said he killed a brother and sister outside the Sugar Shack Bar in New Roads in early February.
Today an order dismissing and recalling an arrest warrant was filed with the Clerk's Office in Federal Court. That court document shows the feds didn't take action on Croom until February 19, one day after deputies said Croom murdered the brother and sister.
Croom was arrested one year ago while he was on federal probation and accused of attempted murder. During the next 11 months the feds took no action, according to court records. Tonight, questions are being raised if the three murders could have been prevented if the feds acted sooner.
Clarence Rambo, Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Middle District of Louisiana issued the following statement: "It's a matter of public record that Jamie Croom began a term of supervised release with the United States Probation Office, Middle District of Louisiana on January 6, 2014. The U.S. Probation Office cannot at this time address any specifics relating to this matter because a criminal investigation is in progress, and it is necessary to protect and respect the integrity of this process."
We wanted to know the following:
* Why the petition to revoke probation wasn't filed when Croom was arrested for attempted murder a year ago
* Why wasn't it filed after he was convicted in December of aggravated battery and released on the streets
* Why does the clerk of court not have any record of anything being filed at all
Croom was under specific orders by the feds to report any arrests to his probation officer. We also wanted to know how frequently he checked in, and why better tabs weren't kept on him before he murdered three people.
We reached out to Clarence Rambo, the Chief US Probation Officer for the Middle District, again today, our calls were not returned.