A Violet man was arrested Tuesday in the only murder of 2014 in St. Bernard Parish, according to Sheriff James Pohlman.
Dondre “Snoop” Johnson, 22, was booked on a count of second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Broderick Parker, a longtime acquaintance who was gunned down Sunday morning in the 2300 block of Licciardi Lane, Violet.
His brother, Jon Johnson, was booked as an accessory after the fact of murder, for allegedly having knowledge of his brother’s involvement, Pohlman said.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, video surveillance from a nearby store showed that Dondre Johnson and Parker were together in the same vehicle shortly before the murder, which occurred about 6:30 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office did not release a motive in the killing.
But the victim’s mother, Lanell Parker, said in an interview Monday that detectives told her that Broderick Parker declared before he died that “Snoop” had killed him.
She said the beef between her son and Dondre Johnson was longstanding and that Johnson had brandished a gun in front of her the evening before her son was shot.
Lanell Parker said Johnson also owed her son money from a card game.
“I think he was just waiting for a perfect time to kill him,” Parker said.
Parker characterized her son as a dedicated father of one, who worked alongside her at the Lafitte Frozen Foods Corp. plant in Violet.
St. Bernard Parish had four murders in 2013, at least two of which occurred in Violet and were related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Those killings both happened in late October in the 3100 and 3200 block of Daniel Drive, which is less than a mile from the site of Sunday’s killing.
Suspects were arrested in both of those slayings.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, both Johnsons were jailed on Monday, when they were booked on parole and probation violations.
Dondre Johnson has a lengthy criminal history, including a 2012 crack-cocaine conviction, Pohlman said.
Both men were being held in the St. Bernard Parish Prison without bail pending appearances before a magistrate judge.
Both Johnson brothers were also booked on possession of a stolen firearm recovered in the investigation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Although the Sheriff’s Office lists Parker’s death as the first murder of the year, there was a homicide in St. Bernard Parish in November that is still under investigation. In that case the person who fired the fatal shot claimed it was a justifiable killing, and no arrest has been made as the investigation continues.