Murder suspect accused of second killing

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 11:01 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 1:05 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: dna evidence, murder suspect, murder arrest, baton rouge police, Demond Bessie, Major Brown, Elbert Bertrand

BATON ROUGE - Police said DNA evidence led them to accuse a murder suspect already in jail of being responsible for a second killing in Baton Rouge.

Police charged Demond Bessie, 23, with first degree murder Thursday for the killing of 29-year-old Major Brown.

Bessie was already in jail and charged with second degree murder in the death of Elbert Bertrand on May 1.

Investigators said Brown was found shot to death outside of 12345 Cate Avenue on July 9. Detectives later matched a DNA sample, taken from a cell phone dropped at the scene of the crime, to Bessie, who had been arrested on July 31 and accused of shooting Bertrand.

Police Bessie will be re-booked into the parish jail on the new charges Thursday.

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