Second Duplantier murder suspect en route to Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Police confirmed Tuesday that the second man accused of killing a Baton Rouge couple is on his way back to Louisiana from Florida, where he was arrested.
A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said 48-year-old Frank Garcia is flying in to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail and is expected this afternoon.
Garcia and 42-year-old Ernesto Alonso face kidnapping and murder charges in the deaths of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier. Investigators said Alonso worked for the couple as a handyman, then attacked them on Oct. 18 and forced them to open their money-filled safe.
Detectives said Garcia assisted Alonso with kidnapping the couple and taking them to Hammond, where the Duplantiers were found strangled and left in their abandoned vehicle. Investigators said license plate readers caught images of Garcia's vehicle following Alonso out of the Baton Rouge area, and they also found things stolen from the Duplantiers in his Florida home.
Alonso is already being held in the East Baton Rouge jail without bond. Police extradited him from Florida on Dec. 4. Alonso told News 2 when he was being taken to the jail that he did not kill the Duplantiers.