Million-dollar bonds given to murder suspects
DARROW - A judge ordered bond be set at more than a million dollars each for four men accused in a murder overnight in Ascension Parish, while a fifth suspect remains at large and was described by investigators as "dangerous."
Sheriff's deputies arrested Tachi Williams, 28, Cprien Nicholas, 29, Clarence Ruth, 19, and Demitoris Alexander, 48, on suspicion of second-degree murder. Nicholas was also charged with illegal use of a weapon, and both Alexander and Williams are charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday deputies said a judge set bond for for Williams, Alexander, and Nicholas at $1.05 million. Bond for Ruth was set at $1 million.
The arrests came after a shooting on Hwy. 22 around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Deputies said when they found 23-year-old Isaac Prestley with at least one gunshot wound at the scene, and he later died at a local hospital.
Witnesses gave investigators a description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene, and Gonzales City Police stopped a vehicle matching that description a short time later. Police said one suspect fled from the vehicle, and officers arrested the four others inside.
Investigators said one of the men in the vehicle, Clarence Ruth, had a non-fatal gunshot wound. Authorities took him to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released into APSO custody.
The name of the fifth suspect was not released, but investigators said he should definitely be considered dangerous.
The murder is still under investigation, and APSO Chief Tony Bacala said more arrests are expected.