Verdict handed down in murder trial for man arrested at Boutte restaurant

A Raceland man arrested in St. Charles Parish last year on the night he and an accomplice allegedly shot and killed two men was convicted on two counts of second degree murder by a Lafourche Parish jury.

Jerrell Alexander, 29, will be sentenced on Feb. 7 of 2020. The jury verdict was unanimous. A life sentence without probation, parole or suspension is mandatory for anyone convicted of second degree murder. Alexander will remain in state custody until his sentencing.

Alexander and his brother, Kerry, were arrested in December of 2018 after allegedly being responsible for the shootings of 26-yard-old Marcel Turner of Thibodaux and 23-year-old Jeremiah Ballard of Raceland. On the night of the murders, Lafourche Parish detectives learned two suspects entered the garage of Ballard’s home wearing all black clothing and camouflage masks, according to the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office. The two men were brandishing firearms and demanded money.

Jerrell Alexander

Ballard, Turner and a third man were in the garage playing games prior the arrival of Alexander and his accomplice. In a matter of seconds, one of the suspects began firing at the men, striking Turner and Ballard, while a third unidentified victim of the attack was able to escape. Turner was found dead at the scene. Ballard passed away at a Raceland hospital due to injuries resulting from the attack.

Jerrell and Kerry Alexander were arrested that same night in St. Charles Parish after St. Charles police identified the two brothers at the IHOP restaurant in Boutte.

After finding the two suspects, police reportedly found a bag outside of the restaurant containing two handguns and camouflage masks.

“Justice was done. The jury has spoken,” said Assistant District Attorney Shaun George, who prosecuted the case along with Assistant District Attorney Melody Bridgewater. “The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Detectives’ thorough investigation and collection of evidence left no reasonable doubt of the involvement of the defendant in this double homicide.”

Kerry Alexander is scheduled to be on trial in April of next year.

 

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