East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested two men in a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday on Kindletree Drive during an apparent drug deal.
Justin Braud, 20, is accused of fatally shooting Jesse Trejos, also 20, in the 9400 block of Kindletree Drive about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. Taylor Besson, 20, of Thibodaux, was arrested as a principal to the shooting death.
Trejos was shot just after he climbed inside a truck Besson was driving, according to Besson’s affidavit of probable cause. Braud, who is a relative of Besson, was in the passenger seat.
Soon after Trejos got in the back seat of the truck, a struggle ensued for a backpack Trejos was carrying, the affidavit says. Braud then shot Trejos and fled the scene with Besson, according to the affidavit.
Trejos died after he was taken to the hospital. He suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body, Hicks said.
Deputies later reviewed text messages that indicated “Braud and the victim planned to meet immediately prior to his death,” according to the affidavit.
When detectives talked to Besson on Saturday, “he admitted to driving his Dodge truck to the area of 9400 Kindletree (Drive) on the date and time of the incident to meet Trejos in reference to a drug transaction,” Hicks said.
Witness accounts and video surveillance footage showing Besson’s truck helped deputies locate him, the affidavit notes. Deputies weren’t able to find Trejos’ backpack, though.
The shooting took place near Trejos’ residence on Waterleaf Avenue in the Round Oak neighborhood. One of Trejos’ friends, Ben Coleman, previously told The Advocate that Trejos was active in the local dance group Infinite Perspective and described him as a nice person who was known for his sense of humor and who often helped others.
Besson, 2234 Bayou Road, Thibodaux, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of principal to first-degree murder and principal to armed robbery. Braud, whose address was not immediately available, was booked on counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery.