BR man convicted of killing two, bodies found in car trunk in 2011

2 found shot to death in car trunk

Jaydee Wright said Friday his sister Latonya Wright can finally rest in peace now that a Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2011 drug-related slaying of his sister and her boyfriend.

Patrick James Ramirez, 33, of Baton Rouge, will face a mandatory term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him July 17.

“Long three years,” Jaydee Wright said outside Erwin’s courtroom moments after an East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Ramirez guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the Feb. 7, 2011, killing of Latonya Wright, 27, of Baton Rouge, and Jarrett Stanley, 28, of Lake Charles.

Their bullet-riddled bodies were found in the trunk of a car parked on Dutton Avenue near Airline Highway.

“I feel like justice has been served. I feel like she can rest now,” Wright said.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings said the double-murder investigation marked the first case worked by the then-newly created East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crime Unit.

“It was very much a team effort,” she said, citing the Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, state Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work.

Cummings’ boss, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III, called the double-killing a “cold-blooded execution.”

Ramirez’s co-defendant — Kendrick Deandre Johnson, 32, of Baton Rouge — also is charged with two counts of second-degree murder. His next court date is Aug. 6.

An anonymous caller told investigators with the Violent Crime Unit on Feb. 7, 2011, that Wright and Stanley were killed at Ramirez’s home during a drug transaction, according to an arrest warrant. The caller identified Ramirez as being responsible for the killings, the warrant said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s home on Gatebriar Street and found human blood using a chemical agent and an alternate light source. The blood was located in the living room, which had been cleaned with bleach and a mop, the warrant stated.

Investigators also found a suspected bullet hole in Ramirez’s stove. The hole was covered with tape and was freshly painted, the warrant said.

A “confidential cooperating individual” told investigators that Stanley and Wright were at Ramirez’s home Feb. 4, 2011, and that Ramirez and Johnson were armed with handguns, the warrant stated.

The gruesome discovery of the bodies was made after investigators received an anonymous tip from someone who said there could be two dead people inside a “blueish colored” car on Dutton, the warrant said. When investigators arrived on the scene, they saw blood coming from the trunk of a 2006 Saturn Ion.

Stanley and Wright, whose bodies were found in the trunk, had been shot multiple times.

Stanley was wanted in a drug and stolen gun case when he was killed, Baton Rouge police have said. Latonya Wright was booked in that case in December 2010 on one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.