5th man arrested after Oct. 5 killing in LaPlace

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LAPLACE — Another week means another arrest in the killing of 22-year-old Shane Chopin.

The latest suspect to find himself behind bars is 21-year-old Michael Tuircuit Jr.

The LaPlace man was picked up Friday and charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute schedule 1 and principal to second degree murder.

Tuircuit is being held in lieu of a $70,000 bond.

Tuircuit is the fifth suspect arrested in a case detectives have doggedly worked since authorities discovered Chopin Oct. 8 behind a garbage dumpster with several gunshot wounds to his body in the 800 block of West Airline Highway.

Emergency medical services attempted to provide aid, but the victim died at the scene. Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

In the days that followed, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said investigators faced a cloud of uncertainly as deputies were fed misinformation from various community sources.

Despite the challenge, authorities arrested three suspects within two days of the victim’s death.

Those arrested include Clarensio Lintrell Bolden, 26, of Garyville; Deschad Matthews, 21, of LaPlace; and Ronte Murray, 19, of LaPlace.

Kyron Joseph, 21, of LaPlace, was booked Oct. 27 for criminal conspiracy to distribute schedule 1 and principal to second degree murder. He is being held in lieu of a $70,000 bond.

Bolden is charged with second degree murder and is being held without bond.

Matthews was arrested for principal to second degree murder. He has an $80,000 bond and was transferred Oct. 12 to the St. Charles Parish Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

Murray was charged with principal to second degree murder and was released Oct. 20 after posting bond.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Crimestoppers callers do not have to testify and may qualify for a cash reward.

Tips can also be submitted at stjohnsheriff.org/submitatip.php.