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Duplantier murder suspect arrives in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE - The man accused of murdering two Baton Rouge residents and fleeing to Florida is back in Louisiana according to authorities.

Baton Rouge Police confirmed 42-year-old Ernesto Alonso was extradited to the state Friday. A second suspect in the murders, 48-year-old Frank Garcia, remains in Florida.

Investigators said Alonso worked as a handyman for 71-year-old Denis and 70-year-old Suzanne Duplantier, living on their property. Police said on Oct. 18 Alonso beat the Duplantiers until they opened a safe in their home so he could steal the money inside. Detectives said he then kidnapped the couple with the help of Garcia and drove them to Hammond, where the couple's bodies were found strangled the next day.

Police said license plate readers caught a picture of a white pickup Alonso was driving, which detectives used with witness statements and other video surveillance to track him and Garcia to Miami where they were arrested. Police said Florida authorities also found items from inside the Duplantiers' safe in the home Alonso and Garcia were found in.

District Attorney Hillar Moore told News 2 Alonso is expected in court for his first hearing in Louisiana next week. The District Attorney also said Garcia is expected to be back in Baton Rouge next week.


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