JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Two men wanted on first-degree murder charges in the killings of are Walter Joseph Gotreaux and Darlene Cecelia Gotreaux should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities with the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
Commander Ramby Cormier says warrants have been issued for Javari Guidry and Jordan Legros on two counts each of first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated burglary.
Cormier said the motive appears to be robbery. Deputies have collected statements and evidence that link the two men to the crime scene, he said. The suspects were connected to the victims through associates and had contact with people close to the victims.
Cormier says the men may still be traveling together, either in Southwest Louisiana or the Houston area. The suspects are known to drive a silver car but authorities are still working to determine the make and model.
Guidry has a tattoo over his left eye that makes him identifiable.
The two men are considered dangerous, anyone who knows their whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.
Both suspects have violent criminal histories.
Guidry was convicted of attempted murder in connection with a July 2015 shooting on North Loop in Lafayette, Cormier said.
In Calcasieu, Guidry pleaded guilty in November 2017 to aggravated assault with a firearm, according to information from Patsy Dugas, spokesperson for the Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office. The incident happened in May 2015 in Vinton. Guidry was sentenced to three years with the Department of Correction with credit for time served, but Dugas said it appears he served less than a year on that conviction.
Guidry was transferred from Calcasieu Correctional Center in February 2018 to Lafayette, where he entered a re-entry program. He was paroled in June 2018.
Jordan Legros has a previous burglary and theft arrest out of Welsh and a previous attempted armed robbery arrest in Westlake.
Cormier says Legros has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in connection with the Welsh arrest. Legros is accused of stealing a motorcycle and repainting it. He was charged with possession of stolen things and unauthorized use of a movable.
In the Westlake case, Legros is accused of being one of two men in ski masks who attempted to rob the store manager at gunpoint in the parking lot of a General Dollar store. The suspects fled on foot and officers pursued. Legros was identified as the suspect who brandished a firearm and demanded money. Legros was booked in to Calcasieu Correctional Center for Attempted Armed Robbery/Use of Firearm. His bond was $250,000.
Dugas said no formal charges have been filed and prosecutors are seeking further information due to conflicting evidence.