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Kelvin Taylor arrested in double murder investigation

RESERVE — The second suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of cousins Kerell Sanders, 18, and Kyron Perrilloux, 20, both of Reserve, on July 30.

Kelvin Timothy Taylor, 31, of LaPlace, turned himself into police at about 9 p.m. Monday. He was booked with two counts of second-degree murder. Bond had not yet been set as of press time Tuesday morning.


Theron J. Williams, 25, of New Orleans, the first suspect in the investigation, was booked with two counts of second-degree murder on August 1. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said the main focus now is to locate and arrest any individuals who attempted to hinder the investigation by hiding the suspects or trying to conceal evidence. As of Tuesday morning, investigators were reviewing phone logs to identify those involved. No warrants have been issued at this time.

Just after midnight on July 30, deputies responded to the area of East 22nd Street and W. Airline Highway in Reserve in reference to a vehicle in a ditch. Upon arrival, officers discovered two males, identified as Sanders and Perrilloux, in a vehicle that crashed into a ditch at West Airline Highway and East 22nd Street. Both subjects had been shot. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the coroner’s office.

During the investigation, detectives reviewed crime cameras in the area at the time the incident occurred; and they developed Williams and Taylor as suspects. Based on the investigation, detectives obtained judicial warrants for Williams’ and Taylor’s arrest on July 31.

The same day, at about 5:30 p.m., detectives recovered the suspect vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck Taylor was driving, at a residence in St. Charles Parish. On August 1, Williams was taken into custody.

A motive has not been determined at this time.

Sheriff Tregre said officers worked diligently to complete this investigation in a timely and efficient manner.

Sheriff Tregre also said he is grateful to the community for its help in this investigation. “Information provided by the community was helpful in the arrest of Kelvin Taylor,” Sheriff Tregre said. “We are very thankful to the people who came forward with tips.”

Taylor has been arrested seven times in Louisiana. Among the charges are possession of marijuana, possession of stolen things, assault by drive by shooting, illegal carrying of weapons, first degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and aggravated assault with a firearm.

On Dec. 28, 2018, Taylor was arrested in connection to a vehicle shooting that occurred December 16 on Airline Highway in LaPlace. A victim alleged Taylor stopped his orange Dodge Challenger in the roadway, exited the vehicle and fired shots.

In 2009, he was booked with the first-degree murder of a 19-year-old Tremaine Weber of Garyville at a graduation party.

According to the St. John Clerk of Court, on the first-degree murder charge was amended to manslaughter on December 6, 2010, and Taylor was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor with the Department of Corrections. The term was to run concurrently with jail time for probation violation. No restrictions were given against probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Williams has been arrested 12 throughout Louisiana. His most recent arrest in St. John Parish was in July 2018 when officers with the Special Operations Division charged Williams with illegal possession of a firearm/carrying a concealed weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon and drug violations.

Among other arrest charges include resisting an officer, flight from an officer, possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of marijuana, criminal trespassing, simple burglary, and theft.