Two arrested in Darrow shooting death

DARROW — Ascension Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested two men Friday in connection with a June 27 slaying in Darrow, deputies said Friday.

Detectives arrested Brian Russell, 29, 39015 Neptune St., Darrow, about 4:30 p.m. Friday and Tevis Harvey, 22, 5053 Galaxy Blvd., Darrow, about 35 minutes later, deputies said in a news release.

Each man was booked with second-degree murder in the killing of Darin Keith Smylie Jr., deputies said.

The slaying of Smylie rocked Darrow, a close-knit community along the Mississippi River, but detectives worked for several weeks to develop leads and made pleas for the public’s aid in finding the killer or killers.

Sheriff’s Maj. Benny DeLaune said a witness came forward and provided key details that led to arrest warrants being issued Friday.

DeLaune said that Russell and Harvey have been the focus of the investigation for the past two weeks and that detectives previously found multiple individuals who put them near the scene of the crime.

But he said detective didn’t have enough to seek arrest warrants until the key witness came forward.

DeLaune said detectives were preparing to interview the suspects early Friday evening.

DeLaune said detectives believe they determined a motive for the shooting but he declined to disclose it at this time.

DeLaune said neither man is the owner of a white pickup truck that the detectives had previously said was seen in the vicinity around the time of Smylie’s death.

Detectives had previously suspected it was somehow connected to the slaying.

DeLaune said detectives have not determined who owns the truck but said it is looking less and less likely that the truck is actually connected to the slaying.