A grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against two Ascension Parish men in the July slaying of a 61-year-old man at his home in Walker. 

Blayson P. Fife, 18, of Prairieville, was indicted on first-degree murder, and Joe Anthony Baluch, 20, of Gonzales, was indicted on principal to first-degree murder, according to a news release from 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perilloux. 

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard has said Fife and Baluch broke into the home of Rick McBride on July 22 in the hopes of stealing rumored guns and money. McBride was fatally shot after discovering the two men in his house, Ard said. 

His body was discovered the next day with multiple gunshot wounds during a welfare check. Neighbors had said it was McBride’s absence from his morning walk that led them to believe something was wrong.

Authorities have said the suspects did not know McBride. 

Ard has said that, following the crime, three people helped Fife flee toward the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, where they were caught and later transported to Livingston. 

Baluch was arrested in Livingston on July 26.

Two other people have been booked in jail on accusations of helping Fife by returning to the crime scene, stealing more items and trying to hide the evidence. 

The other suspects in the case have not yet been formally charged, said Perilloux's spokeswoman Autumn Payton. 

Follow Caroline Grueskin on Twitter, @cgrueskin.