Twelve years after the murder of then 33-year-year Scott Latiolais, a second arrest has been made. It was a 2002 murder case many said had gone cold, but yesterday, Louisiana State Police detectives arrested and charged 36-year-old Marshall Alexander Jr. in the shooting death of Latiolais.
The fatal shooting happened back on March 28, 2002 in a field located in Henderson where Latiolais was shot in the back. Originally authorities arrested and charged Timothy Roberts with the first degree murder of Latiolais, but according to St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars, new information obtained led detectives to Alexander.
"In late 2011, early 2012 during motion hearings before the court there was some information that was disclosed for the first time," said Cedars. According to Cedars, "that information" was disclosed by defense witnesses.
Cedars said a supplemental investigation into the March 2002 fatal shooting of Latiolais was then started which ultimately led to the grand jury's indictment of Alexander last Thursday.
"We've just indicted a second individual for the homicide of Scott Latiolais. That person being Marshall Alexander. The grand jury returned a true bill charging Alexander with second degree murder," said Cedars.
Timothy Roberts, Alexander's cousin, was initially arrested for Latiolais' murder on first degree murder charges, but was later released from jail on bond and has been out ever since. In the meantime, prosecutors discovered Alexander's alleged involvement during the ongoing investigation of Roberts.
While Alexander remains behind bars, Cedars said Roberts' case will continue to be evaluated within the next ten days to two weeks. "Review the entire matter for a third or fourth time within the last month and then make a considerate decision as to how we want to proceed relative to the pending charges against Timothy Roberts," said Cedars.
Following the indictment of Marshall Alexander, Cedars said he feels confident enough in the evidence that a guilty verdict will be handed down when the case goes to trial. "I feel very comfortable and confident in the evidence that has been presented to me and I believe and whole-heartedly embrace the belief that once the matter is tried before 12 jurors there will be a guilty verdict," said Cedars.
Thomas Latiolais, Scott's father, said the family worked with authorities to help capture the person responsible for his son's death. While he's relieved with the arrest, he feels it should have come sooner.
"I know of some of the evidence they have against Mr. Alexander and I think they've got the right person in jail and I think justice will finally occur, but it shouldn't have taken that long. It should not have taken that long," said Latiolais.
Alexander is currently in jail on $500,000 bond and is facing life in prison without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension. His arraignment is set for August 5th of this year.
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