JPSO looking for suspect, identifies another in murder of Southern students

JPSO looking for suspect, identifies another in murder of Southern students

Irvin Harris (left) and Jeremy Coleman (right)

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 3:21 PM

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HARVEY, La. -- The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified two suspects believed to be involved in the murders of two Southern University students on the night of Aug. 13, on Paige Jeanette Drive, in Harvey.

Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Coleman has been booked with two counts of second-degree murder and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is currently looking for 20-year-old Irvin Harris who disappeared during questioning.

According to JPSO, Coleman was dropped off at West Jefferson Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound, shortly after the Paige Jeanette Drive shooting.

Coleman provided numerous versions of the story to detectives. According to Colonel John Fortunato, detectives were able to disprove each account provided by Coleman and booked him with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nikiayn Westerfield and Dave Harrison.

JPSO also identified the man who dropped Coleman off at the hospital as 20-year-old Irvin Harris.

The vehicle Coleman and Harris were driving, a 2008 Chevrolet GMC Envoy registered to Coleman’s mother, was entered into the JPSO database as the vehicle believed to be involved in the Paige Jeanette Drive murders.

The vehicle was later stopped, with Harris behind the wheel and he agreed to cooperate with detectives; but, told them that while he was with Coleman that evening, he was dropped off by Coleman at a friend’s home in Harvey, and did not go to the hospital that night.

Later, Harris admitted to detectives that Coleman had returned to the friend’s house, explained that he had been shot, and was then driven to the hospital by Harris in the GMC.

As the interview continued, detectives left the room, and upon return, discovered Harris was no longer on the premises.

Based on the inconsistencies of the information provided by Harris, JPSO has issued an arrest warrant, charging him with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of the two Southern University students, Nikiayn Westerfield and Dave Harrison.

Anyone with information on Irvin Harris’ whereabouts is asked to call Detective Gary Barteet at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

 

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