A Clinton man suspected in three fatal drive-by shootings -- one in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in neighboring East Feliciana Parish -- made his first court appearance Thursday morning in East Baton Rouge after being captured the night before following a police chase.
Ryan Sharpe, 36, appeared in a video hookup from Parish Prison wearing an orange jumpsuit and listened quietly as 19th Judicial District Court Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence, who sat in the court's Bail Bond Program office, told Sharpe he is charged in East Baton Rouge with first-degree murder, assault by drive-by shooting and illegal use of a firearm.
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Sharpe is accused of fatally shooting Carroll Breeden, 66, a former East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission member, in the front yard of his Pride home, just over the parish line from Clinton. Breeden was spraying weeds by the road at the time.
Lawrence told Sharpe he could not determine whether probable cause existed for his arrest because the affidavit of probable cause had not been sent to him. A judge or commissioner has until 10:21 p.m. Friday to make that determination. Lawrence also could not determine bail.
If probable cause is found for first-degree murder, Sharpe would be held without bail because there is no bail on a first-degree murder charge.
Lawrence said Sharpe will appear again before a judge or commissioner when the affidavit becomes available.
"Yes sir," Sharpe replied.
Sharpe also is suspected in the July 8 slaying of Thomas Bass, 62, the Monday killing of Brad DeFranceschi, 48, both in East Feliciana, and a Sept. 12 drive-by shooting that injured Buck Hornsby, 47, in East Feliciana.