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Grand jury indicts accused Baton Rouge killer on murder, attempted murder charges

1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, November 30 2017 Nov 30, 2017 November 30, 2017 3:11 PM November 30, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A man accused in a number of what police have called potentially 'racially motivated' attacks, has been indicted by a grand jury on several charges.

On Thursday, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore's office announced that a grand jury had indicted Kenneth Gleason on one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Gleason was last booked into jail in September as police worked for nearly a week to solve the shooting deaths of two men. After their murders, Gleason was identified as a suspect but was only booked into jail on drug charges and later released on bond. He was arrested a second time on a theft charge then finally on murder, attempted murder and weapons charges related to the attacks.

59-year-old Bruce Cofield was shot to death, authorities said by Gleason, on Florida Boulevard September 12. Two days later, detectives believe Gleason then shot and killed Donald Smart on Alaska Street. In both shootings, witnesses reported seeing a red vehicle and a white man at the scene. At the Florida Boulevard shooting scene, witnesses said the man was wearing tactical gear.

Gleason was also accused of opening fire on a home on Sandy Ridge, nearly shooting two people inside. 

DNA evidence recovered from bullet casings at the crime scenes led authorities to name Gleason as the suspected killer.

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