Police on Tuesday evening arrested a Baton Rouge man suspected of killing two men more than four years ago during an argument a few blocks north of Government Street.

Ahmad Rashad “Rocky” Murphy, 29, is accused of fatally shooting Alton Spears Jr., 31, and Johnny Kelley, 56, during a dispute in the 300 block of Delphine Street, near its intersection with Louisiana Avenue, according to a police report.

A witness saw Murphy and an unnamed “associate” drag the bodies to the parking lot of a nearby apartment, where the bodies were discovered at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2010, the report says.

It wasn’t immediately clear how recently Murphy was pinned as the suspected killer in the 2010 double homicide. But a warrant was issued for his arrest in late September.

After Murphy recently became involved in another criminal matter — he has a long criminal history, court records show, including convictions for aggravated assault, simple battery and cruelty to animals — police located him and arrested him, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.

Police are still investigating the shooting, Coppola said, and there could be more arrests.

Murphy will be booked into Parish Prison on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of illegal use of a weapon.

Officer struck by vehicle during chase

A police chase on Monday night resulted in an officer being struck by a vehicle before the authorities caught up with the driver and arrested him.

The chase began about 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of Pocasset and Wyandotte streets when officers, while conducting an unrelated traffic stop, noticed a vehicle speeding northbound on Pocasset Street, according to a police report.

Officers flagged down the vehicle, which initially stopped, but the driver later fled when officers asked him to get out of the car. While fleeing, the vehicle struck one of the officers, the report says.

The officer, a 7-year veteran, wasn’t injured in the incident, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman. The department didn’t identify the officer because he does undercover work.

Police captured the driver, William Martin III, after he abandoned his vehicle at his home in the 3100 block of Midway Street. Police used a stun gun to apprehend Martin, who carried a handgun in his waistband throughout the foot chase, the report says.

Police booked Martin, 36, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a firearm and resisting an officer.

Martin pleaded guilty in 2007 to principal to simple burglary and was sentenced to a few years of active supervised probation.

Police arrest Baton Rouge man in stabbing

Police on Monday arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of stabbing another man in the back of the neck during a dispute about money several months ago.

The altercation happened in late June between Carl Robinson, 46, and another man whom Robinson had been living with at a Finch Street home, according to a police report.

Robinson previously gave the man some money and asked him to hold onto it. At some point, the man returned the money to Robinson, but Robinson claimed the man still owed him, the report says.

During a confrontation on June 24, Robinson stabbed the man in the back of the neck, the report says. The two men fought briefly before the victim left to get help, the report says.

Police booked Robinson, 7812 Sommerset Drive, into Parish Prison on a count of attempted second-degree murder.

Authorities book 3 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Kathryn Daigrepont, 27, 6415 Celestial Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

Lambert Louviere, 20, 10748 Callender Circle, St. Francisville, first-offense DWI, speeding, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, and headlights required.

Cynthia Reed, 51, 1890 77th Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, reckless operation, and driver’s license required or expired.


Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.