GONZALES — Four of five men accused of a role in the slaying of a Gonzales area couple and their son in mid-February pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to the charges against them.
Michael Aikens, 35, of Prairieville; Devon James, 24, of Prairievile; Bernard James, 25, of Prairieville; and Rolondo Durrell Stewart, 22, of Prairieville, entered their pleas Tuesday morning before Judge Alvin Turner Jr. of the 23rd Judicial District Court.
The four men and a fifth man, Travis Moore, 19, of Baton Rouge, were indicted on first-degree murder charges by an Ascension Parish grand jury last month.
Robert Irwin Marchand, 74, and his stepson, Douglas Dooley, 50, of Cross Plains, Tenn., were found dead on Feb. 18 in the Marchands’ Babin Road house near Gonzales.
Shirley Marchand, 72, Robert Marchand’s wife and Dooley’s mother, was still clinging to life at the house but died March 2, deputies have said.
Moore pleaded not guilty to his charges on March 29, a day after he was indicted.
The arraignment Tuesday was held at the Ascension Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales.
The 23rd JDC covers Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.