Beauregard Parish man indicted on first-degree murder charges

By Special to the American Press

A 21-year-old Dry Creek man was indicted Monday on murder and arson charges in connection with the February 2011 deaths of a mother and her two young daughters.

Christopher L. Bounds was indicted in Beauregard Parish on three counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated arson.

The bodies of 40-year-old Patricia Kreuzberger and her two daughters, 10-year-old Mya and 5-year-old Nichole, were found inside their charred Dry Creek home on Feb. 2, 2011. The home was destroyed by a fire but the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office ruled that the cause of death was not the fire and the state Fire Marshal’s Office ruled that the blaze was set intentionally.

Deputy Chief Brant Thompson, with the Fire Marshall’s Office, said Bound was an acquaintance of Kreuzbergers and lived next door.

“This is the result of an exhaustive investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office,” Thompson said in a news release.

Bounds is being held in the Beauregard Parish Jail without bond.

Bounds was indicted earlier this year on unrelated charges of aggravated rape, sexual battery of a minor, aggravated burglary, aggravated second-degree battery and resisting an officer with force or violence stemming from a February 2012 incident.

“We received a report very early in the morning of a man found in the bedroom with an 8-year-old female,” Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joe Toler said at the time. “Detectives learned that upon discovery the man struck the mother of the child in the face and then fled the residence.”

Toler said Bounds kicked and attempted to bite one of the deputies executing a search warrant for DNA samples.