HAMMOND — A Tangipahoa Parish man has been charged with first-degree murder and two others charged with second-degree murder in the drug-related homicide of two men last October on Quick Boulevard, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a news release Friday.
Don Raines, 34, Travon Pitts, 28, and Baron Smith, 36, all of Tangipahoa Parish, have been charged by federal prosecutors in a superseding bill of information with participating in the Oct. 9, 2015, slayings of Quandell Beard and Elliot Smith, the sheriff said.
Raines and Pitts are charged with second-degree murder by using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Smith is charged with first-degree murder in the incident, Edwards said.
All three are currently in federal custody and have been detained without bond, Edwards said. A court date is set before U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk on April 4 in New Orleans.
The three men, if convicted, face life in prison and fines of up to $250,000, Edwards said.