Two more people have been arrested in the July 22 homicide of a 61-year-old Walker gun collector, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday night.
The latest arrests, of a St. Amant man and a juvenile, were made after investigators learned the pair returned to the scene with another suspect to steal guns and remove evidence from the home of the victim, Rick McBride, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said.
Ard said Jace Chiquelin and the juvenile were paid by 18-year-old Blayson Fife, who was previously arrested in the killing, to drive him back to McBride's house to steal more items and to remove broken glass and other evidence from the scene. McBride's lifeless body was in plain view of the two hired help, Ard said.
The house — in the 13900 block of Pine Park Drive, a dead-end street — is surrounded by woods.
"Glass from a shattered laundry room window was removed from the home," Ard said in a news release. "The glass and some other evidence from the crime scene were dumped in a wooded area along the route they drove back into Ascension Parish."
Chiquelin, 19, of 45317 Butch Gore Road, St. Amant, was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and principal to aggravated burglary. He was arrested Friday and was released from parish jail Tuesday on a $200,000 bond..
The juvenile, who was not identified, was arrested Friday on accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
These two arrests now bring to 5 the number of people accused of being accessories in the slaying.
Two others — Fife, of 18076 Little Prairie, Prairieville, and 20-year-old Joe Anthony Baluch — were previously arrested on first-degree murder and other counts in the killing. Ard said the pair targeted McBride after they learned he was a gun collector.
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Three other teens were also previously arrested on accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the case. Ard said the trio and Fife were arrested in Texas trying to escape arrest in Louisiana. They had been stopped by federal border patrol officers in the El Paso area near the border with Mexico.
"As you can see, (there are a) lot of folks involved in this case," Ard said. "Lots of evidence to process. But, when you follow the facts, the truth will come to light. And, we won’t stop until we’ve looked at everything. This investigation is ongoing."