Ballistic evidence leads to second arrest
More details have become available in the arrest of a man accused of murder in the Sept. 6 fatal shooting of Dwayne Foster, whose body was found on his 48th birthday near BREC’s Spanishtown Park.
The suspect, Mrcarl Coleman, 19, was driving Foster’s 2001 Honda near Interstate 12 at Sherwood Forest Boulevard in the early morning hours of Sept. 7 when authorities located him with Foster’s state-issued identification and a credit card, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Parish Prison booking records show that Coleman was booked Sept. 7 on unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and illegal possession of stolen things. While Coleman was still imprisoned, police arrested and booked him Wednesday on additional counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, police said.
A search of Foster’s Honda on Sept. 10 revealed a weapon which State Police crime lab analysts used to match ballistic information from the gun to evidence collected from the initial crime scene, the affidavit says, giving police enough probable cause to make the new arrest.
Additional information wasn’t available late Friday, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.
Coleman remained in Parish Prison on Friday on a $260,000 bond between the two arrests, prison records show.
Two booked on DWI, other counts
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. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Kace King, 26, 1380 Spanish Lakes Road, St. Gabriel, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, driving left of center and failure to signal while turning.
- Jeffery Messina, 51, 10253 Ridgely Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, insurance required and careless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.