A 19-year-old man who was out on bail on a 2015 armed robbery charge when he allegedly shot and killed East Feliciana Parish School Board member Broderick Brooks in Baton Rouge was indicted Thursday in the May 23 slaying.

Jacquez Tremaine Griffin, of Baton Rouge, was charged by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury with second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison in the event of a conviction.

Authorities have said Griffin confessed to the crime after investigators searched his Chippewa Street home and found the gun they believe was used to kill Brooks.

Edward Brooks Jr., who was recently elected to replace his younger brother on the School Board, was in 19th Judicial District Commissioner Nicole Robinson's courtroom when the grand jury indictment was announced. He did not wish to discuss the indictment, saying only that he was there to support the family.

Broderick Brooks was found dead behind the wheel of his car in front of a home in the 3200 block of Wenonah Street just after 3:30 a.m. on that Monday morning. The car's engine was still running, police said.

An affidavit of probable cause says Griffin told detectives he shot Brooks and entered his car after doing so. Griffin is suspected of robbing Brooks, whose wallet and cellphone were not located at the crime scene.

Three .40-caliber shell casings were found near Brooks' car, and the glove compartment to his car was open with the contents tossed about on the front passenger seat and on the ground outside the passenger door, the affidavit says.

Pieces of a gun magazine were found on the ground as well, and police later found a loaded .40-caliber handgun with a damaged magazine hidden within the lining of a suitcase in Griffin's bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Griffin remains in custody.     

   

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