Police formally charge suspects with murder in St. John deputy shooting

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Posted on August 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State Police have upped the charges for three of the suspects involved in the fatal shooting of St. John Parish deputies last week.

Brian Lyn Smith and Kyle David Joekel are now both charged with two counts of first-degree murder of a police officer and three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

Brittney Keith is also facing two counts of principal to first-degree murder of a police officer and three counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

St. John Parish District Attorney Tom Daley acknowledged the receipt of the charges on Thursday morning. Those charges could be brought before a grand jury on September 4.

Joekel and Smith had been recovering in the hospital before they were formally charged.

Family and friends laid 34-year-old Brandon Nielsen to rest Wednesday. Earlier in the week Jeremy Triche, 27, was also laid to rest. Four other officers were also shot in a crime that has shook the community.

”As I attended Deputy Nielsen's funeral today, my heart continues to be filled with sadness with the loss of these two fellow police officers,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson. “Our prayers are with the families of the fallen and injured deputies, the sheriff’s office, and all of our greater law enforcement family. State Police is committed to diligent, thorough and complete investigation of these horrific acts. We will continue to leverage our resources in this investigation to ensure that the facts are presented and those responsible for these heinous crimes are arrested.”

Below is a list provided by state police of all the suspects charged in the shooting:

Subject 1: Terry Smith, W/M, age 44 of 250 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Principal to Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer

Subject 2: Brian Lyn Smith, W/M, age 24 of 250 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges:  Two counts of first-degree murder of a police officer and three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer

Subject 3: Derrick Smith, W/M, age 22 of 258 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Principal to Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer

Subject 4: Kyle David Joekel, W/M, age 28 of 245 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Two counts of first-degree murder of a police officer and three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer

Subject 5: Chanel Skains, W/F, age 37 of 250 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Accessory after the Fact to Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer

Subject 6: Teniecha Bright, B/F, age 21, of 245 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Principal to Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer

Subject 7: Brittney Keith, W/F, age 23, of 250 Riverview Court, Laplace 70068
Charges: Two counts of principal to first-degree murder of a police officer and three counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

 

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