Baker man indicted in Nov. 1 slaying

A 20-year-old Baker man has been indicted in the Nov. 1 death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a car on Evangeline Street in Baton Rouge.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury Wednesday charged Demarcos Gross, 2111 E. Azalea Ave., with second-degree murder in the killing of Clifton Earl Walker III, 27, also of Baker.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Gross and Walker got into a fight inside Walker’s car. During the fight, Walker got out of the vehicle and ran off. At some point, Walker was hit by the vehicle, which was possibly driven by Gross, the affidavit says.

Gross put Walker inside the trunk of the car and drove it to Vizion’s Barber and Beauty Salon in the 4000 block of Evangeline Street, the affidavit states. After parking the car behind the business, Gross took Walker’s iPhone and tried to set the victim’s car on fire, the document says.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said an autopsy on Walker revealed that “crushing injuries to the head and torso” caused his death.

A second-degree murder conviction would carry an automatic sentence of life in prison.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.