Update, 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 22:
Two more people were arrested early Sunday in connection with a double homicide in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Erin Foster said.
Paul Bourque Jr., 22, of Youngsville, and Kristofer Cockerham, 19, of St. Francisville, turned themselves in to Lafayette police around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and were arrested, Foster said.
Arrest warrants were issued for the two suspects Saturday. Bourque remains in custody in Lafayette because of outstanding warrants. Cockerham is in custody in West Feliciana Parish, Foster said.
The case remains under investigation.
Three women were arrested late Saturday in the fatal shooting of two St. Francisville men at a trailer home on Tunica Trace, and additional arrests are expected in the case, according to a spokeswoman for the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Those arrested in the shooting deaths of Clinton Ray Nicholson, 56, and Brian Mooney, 55, were identified as Kylie Jackson, 23, of Clinton; Raven Majoria, 21, of St. Francisville; and Lindsey Dooley, 26, also of St. Francisville, said Erin Foster, the Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
She said Erica Cockerham, a woman who initially was picked up for questioning, was released.
Foster said investigators determined that five people went to the residence on Tunica Trace early Saturday and the three women who have been arrested were dropped off.
Shots were fired, and the vehicle returned and picked the three up, Foster said.
“The vehicle then drove to Ascension Parish, where a good Samaritan saw them toss a wallet and papers out of the window,” Foster said in a news release. “The good Samaritan called the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office to report what they saw and gave the license plate number and a description of the vehicle occupants.”
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the wallet and called the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office to report that it belonged to one of the victims in the shooting.
Nicholson and Mooney were shot to death at Nicholson’s trailer in the 9400 block of La. 66 about 3 a.m. Saturday, Foster said.
Deputies initially began searching for Cockerham, a 27-year-old who also has gone by the name Nikki, soon after the shooting, describing her as a person of interest they wanted to question. She had been staying at the trailer.
Carol Ellis, 29, who lives in the trailer next door to Nicholson’s, said she heard at least eight gunshots early Saturday morning and called 911.
While investigating the shooting Saturday, deputies found remnants of a meth lab in a shed near Nicholson’s trailer and called in a crew to clean up the materials, which is required by law, Foster said.
Nicholson had lived in his trailer on the quiet wooded stretch of La. 66, known in the area as Tunica Trace, for 24 years, Nicholson’s daughter Stacey Nicholson said. Her father had been letting Cockerham, a “street acquaintance” he’d recently come to know through friends, stay there for the past three weeks, she said.
Stacey Nicholson, 25, said she grew up attending school with Cockerham, who recently had been trying to get back on her feet so she could regain custody of her children. Stacey Nicholson said her father was helping Cockerham by offering her a place to stay.
Mooney, the other man shot Saturday, was a longtime friend who often spent time at Clinton Nicholson’s trailer, Stacey Nicholson said.
“I guess because they both don’t work, they’d hang out together,” she said.
Clinton Nicholson hadn’t been working because he’d been caring for his ailing parents, both of whom died in recent months, Stacey Nicholson said.
Stacey Nicholson said she wasn’t aware until Saturday that there was drug paraphernalia in her father’s shed.
“I knew of the drug usage, but I didn’t know it was on their property,” she said.
Mooney’s family declined to comment when reached by telephone Saturday.
Stacey Nicholson said her oldest son, who is 7, was staying at the trailer when the shooting happened. Deputies were able to take the boy outside through a back door so he wouldn’t see anything, she said.
“His Paw Paw was his everything,” she said, adding that her family was close-knit and spent a lot of time together.
Stacey Nicholson is Clinton Nicholson’s only child.
“He was real laid-back, got along with everybody,” she said.