Two Jennings men are awaiting extradition from Kentucky to Louisiana in two slayings last month in Lafayette Parish.
Lafayette Police on Monday announced the arrest of the two suspects, but offered little new information concerning the circumstances.
The suspects, 20-year-old Tre’von Woods and 30-year-old Christopher Burns, were apprehended in Radcliff, Kentucky, on Jan. 31 and each booked on two counts of first-degree murder. Police Chief Toby Aguillard said Woods and Burns confessed to the killings.
Aguillard did said the two victims and two suspects knew each other, and that robbery was “definitely part of” the reason 28-year-old Justin Zeno, of Lafayette, and 23-year-old Skyler Barry, of Lake Charles, were shot to death on Jan. 12.
Zeno was found in a burning vehicle around 1 a.m. in the 200 block of Belleau Street in Lafayette, and Barry was found less than 12 hours later under a vacated house in the 100 block of Regal Drive in Broussard.
Aguillard said Monday both victims were shot in Broussard before their bodies were disposed in the locations they were found. The Lafayette and Broussard police departments joined forces in the investigation.
As to what the victims and suspects were doing in Broussard in the first place, Aguillard would say only that they were “essentially driving through.” He promised more information will be forthcoming.
Zeno’s mother, Sarah Brooks, who attended the police press conference in Lafayette on Monday, said she thought her son had been close friends with Woods.
“It’s like he ripped my heart out,” Brooks said of Woods. “It just goes to show you can’t trust everybody.”