LAFAYETTE — Witnesses told Lafayette Police detectives that they heard two gunshots go off inside a Warren Street home early Wednesday morning just one minute after seeing Eric Jude Abshire, boyfriend to one of the two victims, enter the home, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police identified the victims Thursday as Lemuel Brown III, 67, and his stepdaughter, Lona Carter, 36, both of Lafayette.
Abshire, 49, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on two counts of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.
Witnesses told police that Abshire had been at 144 Warren St. the night before and was consuming illegal drugs at the time, the affidavit says.
Witnesses said he returned to the home at 6 a.m., parked his truck outside the home and went inside, leaving his vehicle running outside the home, the affidavit says.
Witnesses said they heard two gunshots go off inside the home one minute later, the affidavit says.
Witnesses saw Abshire arrive at his home at 1100 Langlanais Road, Youngsville, between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., the affidavit says.
Abshire appeared to be in a rush, witnesses said, as he entered the home and quickly exited the residence, leaving his front door open, the affidavit says.
Youngsville police were asked to secure the home until search warrants could be obtained. While doing so, Abshire returned to the home and drove his vehicle though his yard and behind the home in an attempt to conceal himself, the affidavit says.
Youngsville police then detained him, the affidavit says.
Detectives began searching the home after receiving a search warrant at 2:20 p.m., the affidavit says.
During a search of the attic, police found a large bag containing Brown’s wallet, which was missing from his home; a prescription bottle with no label containing numerous Xanax pills; and a Ruger GP 100 .357 pistol with two empty .38-caliber special casings, according to an arrest affidavit. The gun’s other four cylinders were loaded, the affidavit says.
Detectives also found several pieces of personal paperwork belonging to Carter and a satellite cable remote control from Brown’s residence, the affidavit says.
Abshire refused to talk with police and asked for an attorney, the affidavit says.
Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for Lafayette police, said police have not disclosed a motive for the killing. The affidavit says Abshire was convicted of cocaine possession in June 1982 in Jacksonville, Fla.
He has no known criminal history in Lafayette Parish, according to a search of court records.