A Texas man admitted to another person that he committed a triple shooting on Byron Street in 2009 and that confession resulted in his Wednesday arrest, court documents say.
Darrelle D. Harris, 28, is accused of killing Adrian Stewart, 27; Marcus Thomas, 24; and Gabriella Eisworth, 20, on July 9, 2009, an arrest warrant says.
Police discovered the victims’ bodies about 5 a.m. after receiving a call from a woman about a 2003 silver Honda Accord with tinted windows parked in her driveway at 6047 Byron Ave.
“The car was still running,” Deborah Turner, the woman who called police, said at the time. “I thought it was odd, but I never imagined people were dead inside.”
Police arrested Harris in the triple shooting after receiving a tip from someone with whom he confided, the warrant says.
The confidant, who was not named in the warrant, told police Harris confessed to the killings and that the victims were shot because of a “drug deal gone bad,” the warrant says.
Detectives corroborated the statement with other evidence gathered during their investigation, the warrant says.
U.S. marshals arrested Harris Oct. 21 in Richardson, Texas, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said.
The accused killer was booked into Dallas County Jail before being extradited to Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Kelly said.
Harris, 604 Royal Crest Drive, Richardson, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on three counts of first-degree murder.
Detectives are still investigating the slayings and additional arrests are possible, Kelly said, adding that it’s gratifying to have made an arrest in a case that’s been open for some time. Kelly said the arrest illustrates how important the community is in solving crime.
“In this case, it made all the difference in the world that people got involved,” he said.