Raceland man convicted of double murder
A Raceland man faces a life sentence after being convicted Wednesday night of the murder of two men in 2018.
After about an hour of deliberation and three days of testimony, a jury of 12 members of the Lafourche parish declared Kerry Alexander, 36, guilty of two counts of second degree murder. He was convicted of killing Marcel Turner, 26, a resident of Thibodaux, and Jeremiah Ballard, 23, a resident of Raceland, on December 15, 2018.
This was the third attempt to try Alexander on the charges. His trial, which began on Monday, was originally scheduled for October 26 but was called off due to Hurricane Zeta.
The second attempt to try the case took place in May but ended with an annulment of the trial after three jurors were repeatedly dismissed for personal reasons.
The accused’s brother, Jerrell Alexander, 31, was convicted of the December 19, 2019 murders and sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors said the shooting took place in broad daylight. Two masked gunmen entered a garage on Market Street in Raceland, demanded drugs and money, and opened fire. One victim survived the incident and later identified the Alexander brothers as the shooters.
A medical examiner who performed the autopsies on the two victims testified that Ballard suffered three gunshot wounds: one to the side of his chest, one to his arm and a fatal injury to his back.
The bullet that entered Ballard’s back pierced major blood vessels and the victim bled to death, prosecutors said. Turner died after a bullet pierced his back and came out through the chest.
The witness described the shooters as wearing dark clothing and gloves with camouflage masks. One of the gunmen carried a backpack and the other a Louis Vuitton bag, prosecutors said.
In coordination with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, authorities found the Alexander brothers at an IHOP in Boutte and took them into custody, authorities said. Investigators found two bags near the IHOP dumpsters containing handguns, gloves and camouflage masks.
The case is being pursued by the deputy prosecutor of the parish of Lafourche, Shaun George.
New Orleans attorney Robert Pastor, who represented Kerry Alexander, declined to comment.
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