GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Three men are behind bars for the brutal murders of three Gonzales residents last month.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says Michael Aikens, 35, Rolondo Stewart, 22, and Travis Moore, 19, were arrested Tuesday afternoon for the murders of Robert and Shirley Marchand, and Shirley's son, Douglas Dooley.
Aikens worked for the couple.
According to reports, more arrests could be pending.
Deputies say all three victims were found February 18th at the Marchand's home on Babin Rd. with their throats slashed and signs of blunt trauma. There were no signs of forced entry.
Robert Marchand, 74, and Douglas Dooley, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene. Shirley Marchand, 72, clung to life for two weeks after the attack, but later succumbed to her injuries.
A safe containing gold coins worth an estimated $500,000 was stolen from the residence. It was found two days later at a park in Livingston Parish. The bottom of the safe had been torched open and most of the coins had been stolen.
All three men have been charged with three counts of first degree murder, three counts of armed robbery and three counts of aggravated burglary.