Man murdered weeks before becoming father
DARROW - A mother is grieving after her son was murdered in Ascension Parish just weeks before becoming a father.
Andrell Prestley says it's shocking that her son was shot to death right before being able to experience fatherhood. Blankets, toys and boxes of diapers line the wall of one room in 23-year-old Issac Prestley's home.
His mother says she was cooking dinner when her son said he would go to a friend's house and be back in 15 minutes. Prestley was later gunned down on Highway 22 near a church.
"As soon as he backed out the driveway and got up the street me and my daughter heard a bunch of gun shots, and I ran in the house and called his phone to see where he was at cause he had just pulled out the yard and he never answered," said his mother.
Deputies say a group of men got out of a luxury SUV toting high-powered weapons. One witness described seeing an AK-47 rifle. Deputies say the group of men arrived with the intent to kill someone they had a disagreement with. Investigators do not believe Prestley was the intended target, but he was shot in the hip and died at a hospital.
Investigators say they found nearly 50 shell casings of seven different types at the crime scene. Deputies charged 29-year-old Cprien Nicholas, 48-year-old Demitoris Alexander, 28-year-old Tachi Williams and 19-year-old Clarence Ruth with second-degree murder. Nicholas, Alexander and Williams also face additional firearm charges.
Arrest records show that the father and son duo of Alexander and Williams have been arrested more than 10 times each. Ruth was shot in the leg during the shootout and was released from a hospital and booked into jail.
For Prestley's mother, it's tough knowing that her grandson will grow up without his father.
"It hurts. It hurts. But I'm going to take care of him to the fullest. I'm going to do what I could," she said.
Deputies are still looking for a fifth suspect who they described as "very dangerous." Deputies told News 2 that they would be disappointed if all of the suspects were not locked up in jail for life.