Two Baton Rouge men were indicted Wednesday in the Nov. 21 shooting death of a man on Alliquippa Street.
John Keith Coleman Jr., 21, 3775 Topeka St., and Joshua Michael Lewis, 20, 4035 Alliquippa St., were charged with second-degree murder by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury.
Coleman and Lewis are accused of killing Jeremiah Pate, 21, in the 3700 block of Alliquippa.
Witnesses told police they saw Lewis and Coleman approach Pate from behind, take out guns and fire multiple shots at Pate, who was found dead in the street, an arrest warrant said.
A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.
The case has been assigned to state District Judge Richard Anderson.
Second suspect indicted in slayings
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted a second suspect Wednesday in the slaying of three people in Scotlandville in a month’s time.
The grand jury charged Preston Jerome Nelson, 27, 2682 N. Foster Drive, with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. G’Quan “Tuttie’’ Baker, 16, 2424 Lark St., was indicted Aug. 24 on those same charges.
Nelson and Baker are accused in the July 29 double slaying of Kevin Bowie, 32, and Jessica Parker, 25, who were fatally shot while they sat in a vehicle in the 9100 block of Kingfisher Avenue.
Nelson and Baker also are charged in the June 29 shooting death of Ashley London, 19, who was sitting in a car in an apartment complex parking lot on Elm Grove Garden Drive when she was killed.
Another woman was in the car at the time but was not injured.
Nelson and Baker are charged with the attempted second-degree murder of that woman.
The motive for all three shootings might have been drugs, according to police.
A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Nelson’s and Baker’s cases have been assigned to state District Judge Don Johnson.
BR man charged in bicyclist’s death
A 50-year-old Baton Rouge man was indicted Wednesday in the June 29 hit-and-run death of a bicycle rider on La. 946.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Joe Dabney, 4514 Linstrom Drive, with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run driving. The vehicular homicide count alleges Dabney was driving drunk.
Floyd Jones, 60, of Baton Rouge, was riding his bike at about 10 p.m. on La. 946 west of La. 37 when he was struck by a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Dabney, according to State Police.
Dabney fled the scene but was followed by a witness who contacted authorities, State Police said.
Dabney’s case has been assigned to state District Judge Don Johnson.