Two killings in Louisiana believed to be racially motivated

17 Septembre, 2017, 22:23 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Baton Rouge Police Department	

	Kenneth Gleason

Baton Rouge, La., police arrested Kenneth Gleason, 23, on counts numerous counts of drug possession Saturday night, but say they don't have enough evidence to yet charge him with the two murders-slayings that Baton Rouge Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said Sunday "could possibly be racially motivated", according to the the Advocate.

BRPD says 23-year-old Kenneth Gleason, of Baton Rouge, was questioned at-length about both shootings and was not charged in connection to either.

The men were killed five miles apart from each other. The first victim was Bruce Cofield, 59, who was homeless.

The second happened Thursday when 49-year-old Donald Smart was gunned down walking to work.

L'Jean McKneely affirmed Gleason's vehicle matched the description of a auto for which police had been searching.

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Smart's aunt, Mary Smart, said she was still dealing with the shock of her nephew's death and could not understand what had happened. "A lot of people knew him".

It's unclear what initially led investigators to suspect Gleason in the shootings.

Smart had a son and two daughters, she said.

Police say while searching Gleason's home, detectives found about 9 grams of marijuana in a hallway bathroom, and testosterone enanthate, also known as human growth hormones, in his bedroom.

She declined to comment on police allegations that her nephew might have been shot because of the colour of his skin. She said it was "hard to believe this sort of thing is still happening". After Gleason was read his Miranda rights, he claimed ownership of the drugs, the document said.


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