A man named as one of three suspects in a Baton Rouge murder last month was arrested Tuesday.
Marcus Gillard, 27, is the second man to be booked in the homicide of 23-year-old Darius Johnson, who was shot and killed behind his residence at 2746 N. 31st St. on Oct. 29, according to a Baton Rouge Police warrant.
Another suspect in the case, Dyshun Winns, 19, was arrested Friday on a count of second-degree murder. A third man, Alexander Brock Jr., 23, is still at large. He and Gillard are accused of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, according to court documents.
The warrant says Gillard’s younger brother, who was not identified, had lost a fistfight the day before the shooting. Seeking revenge, Gillard and his brother, along with Winns and Brock, found the people involved in the initial fight — who were walking with Johnson — and arranged to meet them in a neighborhood park to resolve the dispute, according to the warrants for the defendants.
At the park, the rival groups fought, but Gillard and his friends were losing, the warrant says. One of Gillard’s unspecified co-defendants yelled to “get the gun,” prompting Johnson and others to run away, according to the document. Winns ran after Johnson to his backyard, where he shot him multiple times before fleeing in a vehicle with Brock and Gillard, the warrants allege.
Johnson, one of seven children, had plans to graduate in December from Virginia College, his sister Donyelle Davis told The Advocate last week.
Gillard, of 1084 N. Donmoor Drive in Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $25,000, according to jail records.