NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested four more people late Tuesday accused of helping a man wanted for murder evade authorities for several weeks before he fatally shot a deputy U.S. marshal at a motel in Baton Rouge in March.
“They just kept hiding him and financing his escape from authorities,” Capt. Steve Juge, of the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, said of the arrests Wednesday morning.
The man authorities were seeking, Jamie D. Croom, of New Roads, was wanted on two counts of first-degree murder when he shot and killed deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells on March 10. Wells and a team of law enforcement authorities were trying to capture Croom in Baton Rouge at the time.
Croom, who was killed that day when authorities returned fire, was the chief suspect in the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation of the slaying of two siblings in a family with whom Croom’s family was feuding.
The bitter feud culminated Mardi Gras night when Croom was accused of shooting and killing Lechelle Rita Williams, 42, and her brother Sinica Lee Williams, 38, outside the Sugar Shack in New Roads.
Those booked into Pointe Coupee Parish Jail on Tuesday on counts of accessory after the fact were:
Theresa Turner, 23, 2474 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge
Latonia Duncan, 37, 5570 Lovey Lane, Baton Rouge
Michelle Farris, 41, 7629 Anchor Drive, Ventress
Kelvin Duncan, 39, 1229 Boreas Drive, Baton Rouge.
Juge said Duncan and Farris are Croom’s sisters.
Authorities already have arrested five other people, many of whom are family members of Croom, also booked in the parish jail on charges related to their suspected involvement in Croom’s attempted escape from police.