Court records show police pursuing leads in puzzling collegiate double murder
BATON ROUGE - Arrest warrants have been filed in unrelated drug charges after marijuana was found when police searched an apartment in the investigation into the shooting deaths of two Southern University students recently.
The arrest warrants were filed with the clerk of court's office for two people who live at The Cottages off Ben Hur. Police confirmed to the WBRZ Investigative Unit, the apartment was searched because the brother of someone involved in the shooting lives there and detectives are exhausting all leads in an attempt to close the case. The apartment searched is in the same complex as the apartment where a party was going on before the shooting in April.
Only Ernest Felton has been charged in connection with the shooting that killed Lashuntae Benton and Annette January. Police have said Felton was exchanging gunfire with Brandon Henderson and the two girls were shot in the crossfire. It is believed by authorities Henderson, who was also shot and survived, was shooting in self defense.
The search warrant filed was for the apartment where Henderson's brother lives. Police said they found a marijuana smoking device and other items used to prepare the drug for smoking along with a small bag of weed and cocaine. Because of the drugs found in the apartment, police filed an arrest warrant for Henderson's brother and a woman who shares the apartment with him. The drugs and arrest warrants are unrelated to the shooting investigation, police said.
Detectives are still awaiting ballistics tests to determine whose bullets struck and killed Benton and January, a member of the Southern University track and field team. Henderson has not been charged.
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