November 01, 2012
LAFAYETTE — A 26-year-old Carencro man arrested in Texas in the Oct. 14 stabbing death of a Eunice man was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Monday, authorities said Tuesday.
Kyle James Toups was extradited from Newton County, Texas, where he was arrested Oct. 16 in the death of Michael Luke Darby, 24, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said Tuesday.
Toups is accused of stabbing Darby during a disturbance in downtown Lafayette, police have said.
Darby’s body was found Oct. 15 behind shrubs next to a lawyer’s office in the 300 block of Polk Street, police have said.
The U.S. Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force in Beaumont, Texas, arrested Toups without incident in a travel trailer on an oil well site on the Texas side of the Sabine River, authorities have said.
Toups worked at the location and was there with other employees, authorities have said.
Toups was booked on one count of second-degree murder.
Detectives arrested Toups’ brother, Travis Toups, 35, of Carencro, on Oct. 17 on one count of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Travis Toups was arrested after he “wasn’t forthcoming with information as to what transpired and the whereabouts of his brother when the incident occurred,” Mouton said.
Travis Toups has since posted bail, according to online jail records.