PORT ALLEN - Two Florida men arrested in Louisiana last week after confessing to beating a Florida woman to death have been formally charged with murder and other crimes, West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes announced Wednesday.
Authorities in Volusia County, Fla., charged Tyler J. McClain 24, and Bradley A. Suntich, 25, with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the June 9 killing of Laura Hill, 53, and the beating of her daughter, Angela M. Hill, 25, Cazes said.
The women and both suspects are from Port Orange, Fla.
Suntich and McClain are scheduled to appear in a Port Allen courtroom Thursday as authorities move to have the pair extradited to Florida.
In addition to counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, Florida authorities also charged McClain with armed robbery and grand theft auto, according to an arrest warrant, Cazes said.
Louisiana authorities booked McClain on four counts of littering, no seat belt, possession of stolen things and three counts of drug possession, the warrant says.
Florida authorities charged Suntich with first-degree murder, attempted felony murder, armed robbery and grand theft, an arrest warrant shows.
Louisiana authorities booked Suntich with reckless operation, aggravated resisting arrest by flight, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding, criminal mischief, improper license plate display, failure to stop at stop sign, no seat belt and four counts of littering, the warrant shows.
West Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over Suntich and McClain on Interstate 10 early in the morning of June 10 for driving a sport utility vehicle with a partially obscured license plate, Cazes said.
The pair sped up, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour while leading two deputies and a State Police trooper on a 12-mile chase along the interstate into Iberville Parish, Cazes said.
After Louisiana authorities ended the chase and arrested McClain and Suntich, the men confessed that they beat two women to death with a hammer in Port Orange and then stole the victims’ SUV, Cazes said.