EBR grand jury indicts three in drug deal slaying

Three men were indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on Wednesday in the Aug. 2 slaying of a Baton Rouge man during a drug deal in a north Baton Rouge mobile home park.

Julius Thomas, 23, 7231 Skylark Ave., Darren Paul, 20, 4941 Byron St., both of Baton Rouge, and Jarvis Fleming, 21, 16321 Greenwell St., Greenwell Springs, were each indicted for principal to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Donald Ray Walls, 26, parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said.

Fleming is accused of driving Thomas and Paul to the mobile home park to sell a pound of marijuana to Walls and another man at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 2. Sometime during the deal, Paul pulled a gun and fired at Walls and the other man before Walls pulled a gun and fired back, according to arrest documents.

Paul was injured in the shooting, and Fleming drove him to a hospital.

Deputies picked up the man with Walls a few blocks away, and he told them Paul fired the first shots, striking Walls, who was found dead of gunshot wounds.

“Based on the evidence, we proceeded with all of them as principals,” Moore said.

At the time of the shooting, Fleming was free on the $80,000 bail and awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 2010 shooting death of Daniel Smith, 23, during what Baton Rouge police have described as a drug deal.

He is scheduled back in court for that case on Feb. 14, online court records show.