Already under indictment in two slayings and a non-fatal shooting in East Feliciana Parish, suspected serial killer Ryan Sharpe was indicted Wednesday in the fatal Sept. 19 drive-by shooting of 66-year-old Carroll Breeden Sr. in the East Baton Rouge Parish town of Pride.
Sharpe, 36, of Clinton, allegedly shot Breeden from a moving vehicle while the former East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission member was doing yard work at his Port Hudson-Pride Road home.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Sharpe with second-degree murder in Breeden's killing.
Breeden's daughter, Marcie Breeden Flotte, was in state District Judge Trudy White's courtroom with Breeden's brother, David, when the grand jury returned its indictment.
"I'm glad this is moving forward," she said. "Our family is ready to seek justice and put this nightmare behind us."
The case was presented to the grand jury as a second-degree murder, not a first-degree murder.
"Based on the facts and information that we have at this time, the grand jury's decision as to second-degree murder was appropriate," East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said. "Should additional information be developed, it will be considered for other action."
Sharpe pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 9 shooting death of 48-year-old Brad DeFranceschi in front of the Scout Ranger's house near La. 63 at the edge of the Avondale Scout Reservation in Clinton.
In November, Sharpe pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the fatal July 8 shooting of 62-year-old Tommy Bass and an attempted first-degree murder charge in the Sept. 12 shooting of 47-year-old Buck Hornsby, who survived.
Bass was killed outside his house on La. 960. Hornsby was struck by dozens of shotgun pellets in front of his residence not far from Bass' home.
The three East Feliciana shootings and the lone East Baton Rouge shooting occurred within a 25-mile radius. Sharpe has confessed to the incidents, officials have said.
Sharpe's trial in the East Feliciana shootings is set for Aug. 27.
Tommy Damico, who represents Sharpe in the East Feliciana cases, said he will talk with Sharpe and his family about representing him in the East Baton Rouge case as well.
Breeden's widow and his five children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sharpe.
Sharpe is being held without bail.