Ballistics evidence led to the indictment Wednesday of a fourth Baton Rouge man in the 2011 shooting death of a 26-year-old Fausto David Ortiz-Herrera.
Keandre Duane Collins, 21, was charged by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury with attempted armed robbery and second-degree murder in the Dec. 16, 2011, slaying of Ortiz-Herrera on Tracy Avenue.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III said a shell casing match prompted Collins’ indictment.
Three other Baton Rouge men — David Michael Betz, 22; Reshaud Johnson, 31; and Corderrius Dashon “Pooche” Mitchell, 23 — were indicted on the same attempted armed robbery and second-degree murder charges in July 2012.
Collins, 6120 Lotus St., also was indicted Wednesday on charges of attempted armed robbery, attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping, simple robbery, and possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated numbers in connection with incidents that occurred Dec. 15, 2011, Dec. 20, 2012, Jan. 10, 2013, Jan. 27, 2013, and March 9, 2013.
Collins is also known as KeKe Collins and KiKi Collins, according to the indictment returned against him.
Ortiz-Herrera’s body was found near his home in the 9400 block of Tracy Avenue. While investigating the shooting, deputies spotted a silver Ford Crown Victoria parked near the tree line on Sunnybrook Drive behind Tracy Avenue and pursued the car until it stopped in the 3300 block of Crestaire Drive, where the occupants ran away.
Deputies found Louisiana identification cards inside the car and other documents left near the vehicle belonging to Betz and Mitchell. A Sheriff’s Office affidavit says DNA found inside the car matched the DNA of Betz, and DNA found in the vehicle also led to the arrest of Johnson, sheriff’s officials have said.
The next scheduled court date for Betz, 3725 Sarasota Drive; Johnson, 3317 Kimberly Drive; and Mitchell, 3375 Courtland Drive, is Sept. 22.
A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The case is assigned to state District Judge Mike Erwin.