Baton Rouge police are awaiting the extradition of Brandon White more than two months after U.S. Marshals arrested him in Georgia in the May shooting death of Baton Rouge resident Austin Stewart.
Stewart had been robbed and shot in the waning daylight hours of May 9 in the 1100 block of Swart Street. His body was found inside a black Chevrolet Malibu with his pants and cellphones missing, court documents show.
Marshals arrested White, 31, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on July 16 and booked him into the county jail on a fugitive warrant, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Wednesday afternoon.
White will be booked into Parish Prison on a count of first-degree murder and armed robbery once he is extradited. Information on when he will be returned to Baton Rouge was unavailable Wednesday afternoon.
Also arrested in Stewart’s death was Antonio Switzer, 26, 466 E. Buchanan St., who was booked into Parish Prison on June 4 on counts of accessory after the fact to both first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Stewart’s mother, Felicia Stewart, said Wednesday that she was overjoyed when the Marshal’s Office called to tell her an arrest had been made in her son’s death.
“He said, ‘We got him,’ ” she recalled, “and my mind went blank.”
“At that moment, I was relieved that God was listening,” she added. “No parent deserves to bury their children.”