3rd person arrested following LaPlace killing, armed robbery

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LAPLACE — A third out-of-town suspect has been arrested in the killing of a LaPlace man, and authorities are working to identify and capture a fourth.

Malcom Warren Muse, 21, of Beaumont, Texas, was charged Friday with second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm.

Malcom Warren Muse

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Muse’s arrest stems from the killing of Andrew Jasmine, 29, who was pronounced dead on the scene Feb. 15 at approximately 8:30 a.m. after deputies and emergency services responded to a complaint in the 2000 block of East Frisco Drive.

Tregre credited the assistance of technology and a dedicated group of officers for working to make arrests nine months after the slaying.

“We’re using crime cameras and other technology to solve this case,” Tregre said. “The cameras have become the eyewitness and are a very valuable resource to tracking suspects and gathering information.”

According to Tregre, a fourth suspect has been identified and authorities are working with out-of-state agencies to locate the suspect, presently believed to be outside Louisiana’s borders.

Police said Jasmine sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body, noting his residence was ransacked. At the time, police noted their investigation pointed to a shooting that followed a premeditated robbery.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives identified Ahkemon Jacob Bardell Jr., 21, of Harvey, and Branden Clegg, 22, of Houston.

Bardell was charged Sept. 26, when he was in the custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation. He is booked with felony second degree murder and felony armed robbery with a firearm.

Bardell was transferred to local authorities earlier this fall and is being held at the St. Charles Parish Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

Clegg was charged Aug. 31 when he was in St. John custody for a probation violation. He is booked with conspiracy to second degree murder and conspiracy to armed robbery. He is being held in lieu of an $850,000 bond.

Anyone with information on the killing is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.