APSO investigating double homicide with a New Orleans connection

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A $7,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for a double murder in Donaldsonville, said Major Kevin Hanna of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, January 26, Chad Nichols, 37, body was found on the front lawn of his residence, 178 Latino Drive, Donaldsonville, upon deputies’ arrival. Benny Booker, 29, was found in the doorway of Nichols’ home and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Both men were fatally shot to death. The crime scene investigation findings suggest “a dope deal gone bad”, with a possible motive of robbery and Heroin was found in Nichols’ home, added Major Kevin Hanna.  

Shell casings recovered from the homicide scene in Donaldsonville were examined by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and New Orleans P. D. Crime Lab and results revealed the weapon used in the double shooting in Donaldsonville is the same weapon that was used in four separate shootings in New Orleans between 2011 and 2013, according to Major Kevin Hanna.  

Additionally, Booker’s vehicle, a 2007 white Dodge Magnum, bearing a Louisiana license plate YPC 682, was stolen from Nichols driveway at the time of the homicide. A second vehicle, which appears to be a 2006-2011white 4-door, 3 series BMW was captured on surveillance video traveling with the Dodge Magnum speeding through Donaldsonville away from Latino Drive.

The stolen Dodge Magnum was last seen approximately thirty minutes after the homicide traveling towards New Orleans on Interstate-10 near the LaPlace exit.

The BMW has a temporary tag in the rear window and a dealership logo tag where the license plate is usually displayed. The dealership logo tag is described to have possible blue lettering and a design somewhat similar to an American flag.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.