Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:23 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 7, 2012 10:23 AM
Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
GONZALES - Deputies arrested two more people Wednesday in connection with a triple murder in Ascension Parish, after announcing three arrests last night.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley said deputies arrested Devon Tremain James, 24, and Bernard R. James, 25, in connection with the Feb. 18 deaths.
Bernard James is accused of three counts of first-degree murder, while Devon James faces accessory to first-degree murder charges. Both also face armed robbery and aggravated burglary charges.
Last night authorities announced they arrested Michael Aikens, Rolondo Stewart and Travis Moore in connection with the murders. All three were charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary as well.
Investigators said on Feb. 18, the five broke into the home of Irwin and Shirley Marchand. Deputies said they attacked them and a third person, Irwin's stepson Douglas Dooley, slitting their throats. They also stole a safe filled with a coin collection estimated to be worth more than $100,000.
Wiley called the group "thugs who beat up old people."
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