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3 arrested in shooting deaths of 2 LSU students
AP via brietbart ^ | May 22, 2008 | ap

Posted on 05/22/2008 5:27:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three young men, including two who had been working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, have been arrested in the killing of two Louisiana State University graduate students late last year, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Jermaine Lewis, 19, and Casey Gathers, 20, were arrested Thursday and were being booked on two counts each of first-degree murder, said Gary Durham, acting chief of the LSU police department. Devin Jamell Parker, 19, was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated robbery charge, also was being booked on the murder counts.

Authorities refused to take questions after announcing the arrests at a news conference, so it wasn't clear what led police to the men or whether they had lawyers.

Col. Kirk Frith of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office earlier said deputies and state police arrested one man on a fishing boat in Freshwater City and another on a dock as he left a boat in Intracoastal City.

Intracoastal City is about 75 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. Freshwater City is on the Gulf another 10 miles from the capital, but more than 35 miles by road from Intracoastal City.

The bodies of Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, both doctoral students from India, were found late Dec. 13 in Allam's apartment on the LSU campus. Each had been shot once in the head. Komma was bound with a computer cable, and Allam was found near the door.

At the time, police described the attack as a home invasion but said there was no forced entry at the apartment complex, a cluster of three-story cinderblock buildings near a high-crime area of Baton Rouge.

Allam, 33, was a chemistry student from Hyderabad, India, and Komma was a 31-year-old biology student from Kurnool, India. The shootings shocked parents of many Indians studying in this country because the South Asian nation sends many students here each year.

The killings occurred near the end of final exams, as many of the university's 28,000 students—and possibly potential witnesses—headed home. Police said they also had to overcome reluctance to talk to investigators among some international students, who worried that doing so might damage their visa status.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: india; louisiana; lsu; murder

1 posted on 05/22/2008 5:27:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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Thank God they caught these b@stards!! I read on one of the local news websites that the DA’s office will be charging all three with 1st degree murder. I say fry their sorry butts and be done with it.


2 posted on 05/22/2008 5:52:46 PM PDT by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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