Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:07 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Apr 17, 2012 1:06 PM
GONZALES - Four men accused of murdering an Ascension Parish couple and their son earlier this year pleaded not guilty this morning to first-degree murder charges.
Michael Aikens, Devon James, Bernard James and Rolondo Durrell Stewart, all of Prairieville, entered their pleas in a Gonzales court. A fifth suspect, Travis Moore of Baton Rouge, pleaded not guilty back in March.
Sheriff's deputies accused the five of breaking into the home of Robert Irwin Marchand and his wife Shirley Marchand back in February. They said the group attacked the couple and slit their throats, along with Shirley Marchand's visiting son, Douglas Dooley.
Dooley and Robert Marchand were found dead in the home the next morning. Shirley Marchand died from her injuries a few weeks later.
Detectives said robbery is believed to be the motive for the killings, and that a safe containing rare gold coins was missing from the home. Investigators later found the safe broken into, but haven't located all the missing coins.
News 2's Rob Krieger will have more on this case starting at noon.