JENNINGS — A grand jury has formally charged two men with second-degree murder in the 2018 fatal shooting of a Lacassine couple.
A grand jury formally charged Jordan Alexander Legros, 21, of Welsh and Javari Wayne Guidry, 23, of Houston with second-degree murder in connection with slaying of Walter Joseph Gotreaux, 72, and his wife, Darlene Cecilia Gotreaux, 70.
“Obviously the jury thought the evidence was overwhelming and that these two men committed the horrible act,” District Attorney Michael Cassidy said.
The couple were found dead in their bedroom on Dec. 16 by deputies conducting a welfare check called in by a concerned neighbor who could not reach the couple by phone.
Authorities said the couple had been shot multiple times inside the home in what they say was a robbery.
Guidry and Legros will be arraigned at 9 a.m. March 25 in the 31st Judicial District Court.
The pair were initially charged with first-degree murder, but the grand jury determined the case better fit second-degree murder, Cassidy said.
Under Louisiana law, first-degree murder occurs when an offender has the specific intent to kill or greatly injure someone during the process of committing an armed robbery, aggravated burglary or other offense.
A second-degree murder occurs when the offender has the specific intent to kill or greatly harm, or unintentionally kills someone while committing a serious crime.
If convicted, the men face automatic life sentences without benefit of probation or parole, Cassidy said.
Legros is facing additional charges of simple burglary, theft of a firearm and criminal damage to property in connection with a separate arrest in 2017.
Both are being held in the parish jail without bond.