2 local men face attempted murder charges

Published 12:30 pm Friday, December 11, 2015

LAPLACE — Two LaPlace residents have been arrested in connection with a November shooting that left an 18-year-old with gunshot wounds to his legs.

Devin Hebert

Devin Hebert

Devin Hebert, 19, of LaPlace is being held in lieu of a $222,500 bond as he faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, aggravated criminal damage to property and attempt or conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Gregory Williams

Gregory Williams

Gregory Williams, 25, of LaPlace, according to authorities, is an acquaintance of Hebert. Williams was arrested Thursday for principal to attempted second-degree murder and attempted to distribute a schedule I CDS. Williams is being held on $170,000 bond.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dane Clement said the “principal” in Williams’ charge means authorities believe the suspect aided in the act or knew about the attack.

Because authorities say there is an ongoing investigation, they are not releasing what role they believe Hebert or Williams played in the shooting relating to their arrests or many details about the crime, like what motivated the shooting or if drugs were involved.

Hebert was arrested Nov. 25, four days after St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies began an investigation into the assault of three people in LaPlace.

Deputies responded at 8:45 p.m. Nov. 21 to the intersection of Greenwood Drive and Iberville Street in LaPlace following a shooting report.

When they arrived, they found the victim hiding next to a residence.

“We had three victims and three perpetrators,” Sgt. Dane Clement said. “The victim was actually hiding behind some trash cans. I’m not sure whose house it was.”

The 18-year-old victim, who sustained gunshot wounds to both of his legs, was the only one injured in the attack.

Clement said the victim and both suspects were acquaintances, adding the shooting was not a random act. He would not say if others suspects are being sought.

“If the investigation warrants additional arrests, additional arrests will be made,” Clement said.