Sheriff: DNA links second man to ‘12 shooting

Authorities in St. James Parish say DNA evidence has linked a second man to the 2012 shooting death of Aaron Jones in Vacherie.

Timothy Moll, 24, of Waggaman, had been wanted for weeks before he was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in St. John Parish. Moll was booked with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the attack on Jones and his fiancée.

“We have been looking at him for quite some time as being involved in this, and the trouble we were having was getting enough evidence to secure a warrant on him,” St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said Friday. “We felt like we finally had that, and we’re just hanging our hat on that evidence and hopefully we can get through a grand jury.”

The shooting happened May 11, 2012, in the Magnolia Housing Complex. Responding deputies found Jones and Christina Gale, 34, with gunshot wounds on the porch of Gale’s Project Drive residence.

Jones, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities have said, while Gale was treated at a hospital and released. The 2012 shooting marked the first murder in the parish since 2008, deputies said.

Moll is the second man to be charged in the shooting. Joseph Johnson, 27, of Convent, was booked with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder two days after the shooting.

Johnson was indicted on first-degree murder charges in July.