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Pair booked in car wash killing

3 years ago August 07, 2011 Aug 7, 2011 Sunday, August 07 2011 Sunday, August 07, 2011 6:56:08 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Less than a day after a brazen murder at a car wash in Baton Rouge, police arrested two people in connection with the slaying. Jean Paul Creppel, 34, and Danielle Palermo, 26, are charged with the murder of Jonathan Ellis, 30, of Greenwell Springs.

Police say the pair waited for their victim at a car wash on North Sherwood Forest. When the man arrived, investigators say Creppel shot and killed him, stuffed him into the trunk of his car, and then drove off as Palermo took the victim's truck.

About an hour later, detectives found the victim's body, stashed under a bridge on Black Mud Road in Satsuma. Police were tipped off after a driver spotted the pair near the bridge and became suspicious.

Police found the pair and the two cars connected to the murder, at a home on Pecos Drive in Central, after a tip from an neighbor.

Ironically, the home is next door to former Chief of Police, Charles Mondrick, who refused an interview on camera, but says the discovery came as a shock.

Investigators gathered evidence at the scene, including a gun, and booked the pair on murder charges.

"It's sloppy criminal work," said Sgt. Don Stone, with BRPD. "They're not very good at what they do as criminals and that's for sure."

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