Man connected to Lafourche murder arrested in Boutte on gun charges

Was arrested at Boutte IHOP in December after shooting, police found guns in back near HHS

A man arrested in Boutte in December and charged, along with his brother, with the Raceland murder of two men must now face charges in St. Charles Parish for possessing a firearm near Hahnville High School, which represents a firearm free zone.

Jerrell Alexander, 29, of 640 Robertson St. in New Iberia, was arrested Jan. 24 and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possessing a firearm in a firearm free zone.

Alexander and his brother, Kerry Alexander, were arrested at IHOP in Boutte, which is located adjacent to the Hahnville High campus. They were charged with two counts of first degree murder, resulting in the deaths of 26-year-old Marcel Turner of Thibodaux and 23-year-old Jeremiah Ballard of Raceland.

Kerry Alexander, 33, is being held in Lafourche Parish jail to answer for those charges. Jerrell Alexander is now being charged for illegal firearm possession in St. Charles Parish, where police found a backpack inside a dumpster outside the IHOP restaurant containing two handguns and camouflage masks. The dumpster is located less than 1,000 feet from the school campus, which is within the firearm free zone.

Cpl. James Grimaldi, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the suspects were questioned and arrested initially for the more severe crime. Because the crime occurred in Lafourche, they faced murder charges there.

“Once someone has answered for their crimes in the other jurisdiction, they’re transferred to whichever other jurisdictions they face other criminal charges in,” Grimaldi said. “In this instance, (Jerrell Alexander) answered to allegations in the other jurisdiction, then returned to St. Charles Parish to satisfy the outstanding charges here.”

A St. Charles Parish warrant has also been issued for the arrest of Kerry Alexander for firearm possession by a convicted felon and possession in a firearm free zone. Grimaldi said Kerry Alexander is currently still in Lafourche Parish Prison.

The alleged murder occurred in the 200 block of Markey St. in Raceland. Turner was found in the garage of a residence and pronounced dead on the scene. Ballard passed away from his injuries after being taken to a Raceland hospital.

Through investigation, detectives learned two suspects, suspected to be the Alexander brothers, entered the garage wearing all black clothing and camouflage masks. They were brandishing firearms and demanded money. In a matter of seconds, one of the suspects began firing at the men, striking Turner and Ballard, while the third victim was able to escape.


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