4 indicted following Reserve couple’s killings

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014

By Monique Roth

LAPLACE — Four people have been indicted on charges related to the killings of married couple Kenneth and LaKeitha Joseph of Reserve.

Family members of Kenneth, 34, and Lakeitha, 29, reported the couple missing Feb. 19 after they had not heard from them since Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Their bodies were found separately in March in a New Orleans waterway.

On Aug. 28 an Orleans Parish grand jury indicted Horatio Johnson, Brittany Martin and Steven Bradley each on two second-degree murder charges for the deaths of Kenneth and LaKeitha. The three were additionally indicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with evidence in the Josephs’ homicide investigation.

Frank Mike was the fourth person indicted, also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with evidence and charged for acting as an accessory after the fact to the killing of the couple.

Mike has been charged with transporting a van belonging to Kenneth’s sister, who told investigators Kenneth often borrowed her vehicle and would return it before morning the next day. She said he borrowed it on Feb. 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m. and never returned.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. announced Mike’s initial indictment earlier this year, which states Mike transported Kenneth’s sister’s 2010 Dodge Caravan from Louisiana to Georgia. The indictment states that video surveillance showed that Mike drove the van into the Travelodge Hotel located in College Park on Feb. 21.

The four suspects remain in the custody of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman set $2.5 million bonds for Johnson, Martin and Bradley. Mike’s bail was set at $700,000.