Police probe stabbing on Jefferson Avenue
Police are investigating the stabbing death of a man whose body was found early Monday in his backyard.
Pouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said Gary Terell Murphy, 42, 2658 Jefferson Ave., was found by his roommate at about 5:50 a.m.
Coppola said Murphy had multiple stab wounds and his death is considered a homicide.
Jane Walker, who lives behind the victim’s house, described him as a quiet, friendly and respectful man.
She said he liked to sit outside listening to music, but she never had any problems with him.
She said he lived at that house with his brother, a friend and at least one other person.
Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said the preliminary cause of death is multiple stab wounds.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the death can call (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
BR man charged with second-degree battery
A 32-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of punching, choking and throwing his girlfriend out of a moving pickup truck on Sept. 7 has been arrested.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked James Bernard Spencer, 9035 Sharon Hills Blvd., into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery, prison records show.
Spencer and the woman were in his black Dodge Ram when Spencer received a phone call from another woman, the arrest warrant says.
When she questioned him about the call, he allegedly punched her and choked until she almost passed out, the warrant says.
He sped off while she was still in the vehicle, continuously punching her in the back of the head and body, the warrant says.
While on Airline Highway, Spencer allegedly threw her out of the moving truck and she said she had to quickly roll out of the road to avoid getting run over, the warrant says.
Deputies arrest man during robbery attempt
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Sunday while he was allegedly attempting to rob a Dollar General store and matched him to two other unsolved robberies in the area.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Todd Clinton Moore, 38, 852 E. Versailles Court, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts two counts of armed robbery, one count of first-degree robbery, prison records show.
Deputies arrived at the Dollar General, 13965 Coursey Blvd., and found Moore wearing a green ski mask, a black shirt and black pants, the affidavit of probable cause said.
“The accused did admit to trying to rob the store because he had a heroin addiction he was trying to support,” the affidavit said.
When Moore refused to answer questions about whether he robbed other stores, the detective watched surveillance footage from other robberies, the affidavit said.
He found unsolved robberies of a Dollar General store on Sept. 9 and a Family Dollar store on Sept. 12 in which the robbers’ clothing and description matched Moore and the clothes he wore when he was arrested Sunday, the warrant said.
“The suspect also resided in close proximity to the stores that were robbed, which made for an easy escape,” the affidavit said.
Two arrested on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Dexter Flowers, 49, 470 Tristian Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turn and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
- Luis Lopez, 32, 2221 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.