Ascension deputy: Breakthroughs seen in 2 homicide investigations

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four men Wednesday in two homicides that investigators say are tied to the drug trade.

The arrests came after investigators searched four homes late Tuesday and early Wednesday in an area known as “Back of Town,” an impoverished part of southeast Donaldsonville that sits below the railroad tracks that divides the city.

The searches were within sight of the front porch where deputies said Adoriji Wilson, 37, 215 Anthony Drive, Donaldsonville, was gunned down by a man wearing a green rain suit with the hood pulled over his head.

Wilson was shot shortly before midnight June 1 while hanging out with friends at 915 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville.

Arrests were also made Wednesday in the slaying of Quincy Nicholas, 34, 622 ½ First St., Donaldsonville, who was shot early Dec. 22 while he was standing in his driveway, deputies said.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, who described the Wilson slaying as “a hit,” said Wednesday the suspects are part of a “criminal group that has been terrorizing” Donaldsonville.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said the victims and those accused in the slayings have drugs in common.

“They’re all in the trade, and it’s dope dealers killing dope dealers,” Bacala said.

Bacala said sheriff’s investigators have found that some of the accused killers supplied drugs to Wilson and Nicholas both of whom he said were street level dealers.

“They have done business with each other, and they had a falling out. When they fall out, they kill each other,” Bacala said.

He said that Marishell “Kool-aid” Ealem, 28, 123 First St., Donaldsonville, and Charles “Stubby” Broom, 48, address not available, were arrested in Wilson’s slaying Wednesday.

Investigators are also looking for a fifth man, Michael “Ma-man” LeBlanc, 32, 115 First St., Donaldsonville, who is wanted on second-degree murder in Wilson’s slaying, Bacala said.

He warned in a news release that LeBlanc is considered armed and dangerous.

Barry Lee Diggs, 57, 2734 Milan St., New Orleans, and Sylvester LeBlanc, 20, 706 Third St., Donaldsonville, were arrested in Nicholas’ slaying.

Deputies searched the homes of Ealem and Michael LeBlanc on Wednesday, Bacala said.

People standing in front of Ealem’s home and another home at 917 Elizabeth that deputies searched all denied knowing Wednesday about Wilson’s shooting or even that deputies had been in the area earlier that day.

Diggs was already in Ascension Parish Detention Center when he was booked in Nicholas’ slaying. Diggs is also facing a first-degree murder count in the slaying of Fred Martin Jr. in St. Amant.

Martin and Diggs, who Bacala said were in St. Amant selling drugs, went to the home of Dana Milano and Louis Topham late on the night of Jan. 31.

Diggs and Martin were there for a short time when Diggs is believed to have shot Martin in the driveway of the home at 45214 Stringer Bridge Road, St. Amant, Bacala said.

Bacala said Diggs and Sylvester LeBlanc were booked with first-degree murder and armed robbery counts in Nicholas’ homicide.

In the Wilson slaying, Ealem was booked with count of second-degree murder, Bacala said. No bail has been set at this time.

Broom was booked with counts of obstruction of justice and being accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, Bacala said.