Baton Rouge police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a couple’s Robbie Avenue home on Sept. 30 and killing another man while he slept.
Thadius Brothers, 24, 3003 Toronto Drive was booked Wednesday with first-degree murder; aggravated burglary and illegal use of a weapon by Baton Rouge police, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.
Robert Winfield’s wife told police that her 37-year-old husband was shot to death because he spoke to police about recent shootings in the area and identified Brothers as one of the shooters, according to the arrest warrant.
Brothers was booked with second-degree murder in the Aug. 13, 2010 fatal shooting of 33-year-old David Mitchell on North Marque Ann Drive, police have said.
Brothers was accused of trying to rob Mitchell last year and then shooting him when he tried to flee, police have said.
Winfield was lying next to his wife asleep in bed at a duplex on Robbie Avenue when he was shot in the head at 3:30 a.m., police have said. At least six children were in the house at the time of the shooting, police have said.
Winfield’s wife told police she was awakened by the sound of a gunshot and saw someone in all black clothing and a hood leaving her bedroom, according to the warrant.
A witness sleeping on the living room couch of the Winfield home saw Brothers as he was leaving and recognized him, the warrant says.