Siblings charged with murder after 19-year-old’s death

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LULING — Two brothers are facing murder charges after a confrontation turned deadly Friday afternoon in Luling.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said 19-year-old Savahn Stewart was shot to death shortly after 4:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Paul Fredrick Street.

St. Charles Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Luling shooting, learning a suspect, Leonard Celestine III, fled the scene by vehicle.

Leonard Celestine III

Champagne said a responding detective observed the vehicle with Leonard Celestine III, leading to a traffic stop on Interstate 310 North Bound.

The driver of the vehicle, Leonard Celestine III, and the passenger, Jerry Celestine, were each taken into custody.

Jerry Celestine

Police said a confrontation between Leonard Celestine III, 25, and Stewart led to Leonard Celestine III allegedly shooting Stewart, who was taken to St. Charles Parish Hospital, where he died from his injury.

Leonard Celestine III is charged with second degree murder and principal to obstruction of justice.

Jerry Celestine, 23, is charged with principal to second degree murder, obstruction of justice and felony carrying of an illegal weapon.