Three arrests have been made in the recent brutal murders of three people within the Ascension?Parish community.
Robert Irwin Marchand, Douglas Dooley and Shirley Marchand were found brutally attacked with their throats slit in a home on Babin Rd. on Saturday, February 18. Both Mr. Marchand and Mr, Dooley were pronounced dead at the scene, and Mrs. Marchand passed away on?Friday, March 2.
At a press conference on Tuesday night, March 6, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported that three men, Michael Aikens, 35, of 16456 Hwy. 930 in Prairieville, Rolondo Stewart, 22, of 15379 Roy Rogers in Prairieville, and Travis Moore, 19, of 15473 Wilmont St., in Baton?Rouge, had been arrested and charged with three counts each of first degree murder, one count each of aggravated burglary, and one count each of armed robbery.
All three men are being held at the Donaldsonville area Ascension?Parish Jail.
Wiley explained that the Ascension?Parish Sheriff’s Office had been working off of numerous tips from the community when they received one over the weekend that they liked. Aikens was brought in for questioning, and during the discussion with sheriff’s investigators, he was arrested, and the names of Stewart and Moore were made available. Stewart was already in jail on an unrelated shooting charge in the parish over the weekend, and Moore was brought into the Ascension?Parish Courthouse in?Gonzales at approximately 9 p.m.
Sheriff Wiley also stated that this department is currently looking into the possibility of a fourth assailant, and are hoping to make another arrest shortly.
“There's one more out there, and we're coming after that person,” said Wiley.
When asked if there had been an answer when detectives had asked the three men about a reason for the killings, Wiley said, “These are thugs who beat up old people and killed them. They grew up in crime, and once and for all they will be held accountable. They will be held accountable for the rest of their lives.”
When asked if there was a connection between the men and either the Marchands or Mr.?Dooley, Sheriff Wiley stated that it was his belief Aikens had worked for Mr. Marchand at an earlier date.