By VICKIE JAMBON
Published 12:00 am Monday, February 21, 2005
LAPLACE – The final suspect involved in a Jan. 23 drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of one man and the wounding of three others, was arrested Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., after he surrendered to authorities at the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Public Information Officer Maj. Michael Tregre.
According to Tregre, Joelle Martin was charged with four counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder and one count of principal to first-degree murder.
Tregre said Martin called the sheriff’s office at 6 a.m. to negotiate a surrender. Martin specifically requested to be picked up by Detective Lt. Juan Watkins. After making arrangements, Watkins took Martin into custody. Martin refused to answer questions posed to him by investigators.
On Jan. 23, at 2:17 a.m. Byron Davis, 22, of 404 Historic East St., in Garyville, was found in a ditch along Central Avenue in Reserve.
Davis was seated in a white Oldsmobile 88. He was dead from a gunshot wound in the head.
Three other passengers in the Oldsmobile were injured.
Kewan Fabre, 18, and Tramon Dixon, 17, Garyville residents, were both shot and a 16-year-old Garyville boy broke his leg when the automobile crashed into the ditch.
A fourth passenger in the vehicle was not injured.
Authorities quickly arrested Torrey Parquet, 23, of LaPlace and charged him with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of being a principal to attempted first-degree murder.
Authorities assert Torrey was the trigger-man in the
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Joshua Jones, 18, Josh Wilson, 17 and Javon Martin, 23 were also arrested shortly after the incident.
Authorities charged the LaPlace men with one count of principal to first-degree murder and four counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder.
All the suspects are being held without bail at the Sherman Walker Correctional Center.
Tregre said after questioning him, Martin was booked into the Sherman Walker Correctional Center.
After the shooting, authorities continued to search for Martin, 18, of 421 Homewood St., LaPlace.
Tregre said calls had poured into the Sheriff’s Office, reporting citings of Martin in St. Charles Parish.