A second Baton Rouge man was convicted Friday in the 2011 drug-related killing of a 27-year-old woman and her boyfriend, whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in the trunk of a car.
Kendrick Deandre Johnson, 34, was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of Latonya Wright, of Baton Rouge, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jarrett Stanley, of Lake Charles.
An East Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated for two hours. The panel’s vote was 11-1.
Last year, a different jury convicted Patrick James Ramirez, 34, of Baton Rouge, on second-degree murder counts in the killings.
State District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced Ramirez to life in prison in July 2014. He will do the same to Johnson on Nov. 20.
“He’s still here, and she’s gone,” Wright’s father, Jaydee Williams, said of Johnson and his daughter outside Erwin’s courtroom Friday. “Can’t get her back.”
The bodies of Wright and Stanley were discovered Feb. 7, 2011, in the trunk of a 2006 Saturn Ion parked on Dutton Avenue near Airline Highway.
An anonymous caller told investigators that Wright and Stanley were killed at Ramirez’s Gatebriar Street home during a drug deal, an arrest warrant stated.
A search of the home revealed human blood in the living room, which had been cleaned with bleach and a mop, the warrant said. Investigators also located a suspected bullet hole in the stove. The hole was covered with tape and freshly painted.
A “confidential cooperating individual” told authorities that Stanley and Wright were at Ramirez’s Gatebriar Street home on Feb. 4, 2011, and that Ramirez and Johnson were armed, the warrant added.
Prosecutor Dana Cummings has said the double-murder probe was the first case worked by the then-newly created East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crime Unit.
At the time of his death, Baton Rouge police have said, Stanley was wanted in connection with a drug and stolen gun case. Wright was booked in that case in December 2010 on marijuana and gun charges.