Two men were arrested Wednesday on charges related to the weekend shooting death of 25-year-old Pernell Boudreaux, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Twenty-three-year-old Maximilian Trautmann was arrested and booked on a charge of second-degree murder. Sean Perroncel, 32, was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
The men were booked into Lafayette Parish Jail between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to booking records. Bond has been set for both men at $150,000.
Boudreaux’s body was found near a construction site for a new bridge in the 300 block of Lebesque Road in Lafayette on Saturday. The scene was only a hundred or so yards from the home Boudreaux shared with his mother and other family members in the Country Pine Mobile Estates mobile home park.
The place where his body was found was covered in dirt, with large construction pipes and heavy equipment on the side of the roadway.
Boudreaux’s cousin Amy Bob said his family is thankful and pleased with how quickly the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies acted in the case. Bob said she’s spoken to Pernell Boudreaux’s mother, Felicia Boudreaux, and she is “very happy” arrests were made in the case.
“It was like a load was lifted,” she said.
Bob said law enforcement and neighbors told the family surveillance footage played a role in the men’s identification and capture. Cameras were affixed to the entrance gate of neighboring homes adjacent to the construction site, she said.
Lafayette Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. John Mowell confirmed surveillance footage did play a role in the investigation. He could not provide more specific details but did say there are aspects of the crime still under investigation.
Bob said the arrests are a positive step, but the family still has obstacles to overcome as they mourn. She said funeral services for Pernell Boudreaux are scheduled for late March.
Understanding the accused’s motive in her cousin’s killing is important for closure too, she said.
“Everyone wants to know why they did it," Bob said. "Once we go to court and we have the opportunity to ask them why, I think it’ll help with the closure.”
The Sheriff’s Office said neighbors told them they heard gunshots and that an altercation took place in the area. Felicia Boudreaux said she heard gunshots around 8:45 p.m. Friday evening, but said she didn’t know her son was the victim until the next day.
She said she had no knowledge of an altercation happening.
Bob said she was unaware if members of the family knew the two men accused of killing her cousin.
Trautmann, who is accused of killing Pernell Boudreaux, was arrested in January 2017 on a marijuana distribution charge stemming from a November 2016 incident. Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court records show Trautmann’s case was active in the court system between June 2017 and April 2018, when he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program through the Lafayette district attorney’s office.
It’s unclear if Trautmann completed his pre-trial intervention requirements. If not, Trautmann’s arrest Wednesday would prompt his discharge from the program and prosecution of his marijuana distribution charge would resume.
Court records show Assistant District Attorney Patsy Randall-Duhon, who handled Trautmann’s case, originally recommended a plea deal of five years with hard labor.
Court documents and other online records list Trautmann as living in Carencro, at a residence roughly 15 minutes from where Pernell Boudreaux was killed.
Trautmann has a popular YouTube channel and Instagram account under the name “Turkeynek,” where he posted videos of himself performing stunts on a Honda Supermoto bike. Roughly 16,000 people follow Trautmann’s YouTube channel and another 20,000 follow his Instagram account.
Several of the videos on Trautmann’s accounts showed the rider evading law enforcement or being pulled over after performing stunts on busy highways and interstates.
Felicia Boudreaux said her son was the father of three children, all under 4 years old, and loved to spend time outdoors and playing with his children. She said her son has had run-ins with the law, but he was working in roadway construction and striving to build a stable, good life for himself and his family.
Around 100 family members, neighbors and friends held a vigil for Boudreaux on Monday in the place where his body was found.
About 100 family members, neighbors and friends gathered for a mournful goodbye Monday as they prayed for justice after the weekend slaying of…
Bob said Monday she never imagined something like this would happen to her tight-knit family.
“You would never think of losing a family member to gun violence. You see it happen, but you never think it would be your family member,” she said.