Man accused of killing murder witness
BATON ROUGE - Police accused a man today of killing a murder witness inside a vacant home in Baton Rouge.
Police arrested Jeremy Brown, 28, on suspicion of killing Shaun Hartley. Hartley was found inside a vacant house in the 2600 block of Wenonah Street, and investigators said he'd been beaten to death with a wooden board.
Police said Brown and Hartley got into an argument before Hartley was killed.
Court records showed Hartley was a witness in the January fatal shooting of Keith Matthews and implicated his former roommate, Shingo J. Edwards. Police reports also showed Hartley feared for his life, and received help from a victim assistance program in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Edwards was arrested in March after a tip to police that he was staying in a Lafayette hotel.
Brown will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on second-degree murder charges.