District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced that a grand jury has returned true bill indictments for three Natchitoches Parish people for murder and attempted murder.
The grand jury indicted Jessie Petite Jr., 21, and Daerieon Latchie, 17, both of Natchitoches, each with 2 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of attempted 1st degree murder.
The grand jury also indicted Jaleel Tousant, 22, of Natchitoches, 2 counts of principal to 1st degree murder and 1 count of principal to attempted 1st degree murder.
The indictments stem from the January 27 homicides of Larry Batiste and Hiram Phillips, Jr. and attempted homicide of Briana Roberson on Short 7th Street in Natchitoches. The defendants will be arraigned on the charges at an upcoming court date.
“We are pleased with the grand jury’s indictments and are prepared to move forward with the prosecution of these cases,” said District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.