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Suspect extradited to St. John to face 2017 murder charge

LAPLACE — Houston resident Domanique Barnes was recently brought to St. John the Baptist Parish to face second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm charges.

The 23-year-old is linked to the Feb. 15, 2017, fatal shooting of 29-year-old Andrew Jasmine in LaPlace, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

“All defendants are now in custody in Louisiana, in St. John Parish,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said Tuesday morning. “The ball is now in the court of the District Attorney’s office. All of (the suspects) are charged with basically the same charges. We have all the people we believed were involved in the homicide.”

Barnes was first arrested Jan. 19 with the help of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Houston Police Department, who apprehended him at an apartment complex in Houston.

Barnes was extradited to St. John Parish Friday after completing criminal case requirements in Texas.

Those previously arrested include Ahkemon Jacob Bardell Jr. of Harvey, Branden Clegg of Houston and Malcom Muse of New Orleans.

Bardell and Muse are charged with second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm. Clegg is charged with conspiracy to second degree murder and conspiracy to armed robbery.

Police said Jasmine was found dead after deputies and emergency services responded to a complaint in the 2000 block of East Frisco Drive.

In the week that followed Jasmine’s death, authorities suggested he might have been killed days earlier.

A visitor found the victim at approximately 8:30 a.m. and alerted authorities.

Officers and emergency services attempted to render medical aid, but he was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office.

Authorities said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said items from his home were missing, the location was ransacked and there were no forced entry indicators, suggesting the victim could have been killed by someone who knew him.

Tregre said the use of crime cameras and other technology helped lead to the arrests.