GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Sheriff's Deputies have uncovered another piece of the puzzle from a gruesome triple murder in Ascension Parish.
Investigators have located several tools believed to have been used to rip open a safe stolen from the home of Shirley and Robert Marchand. Police say the tools were found inside an SUV registered to Devon James, one of the men arrested earlier this week.
The SUV was found at James' girlfriend's home in the Baker-Zachary area. Police say the girlfriend is not being charged.
Michael Aikens, Rolondo Stewart, Travis Moore and Bernard James are all charged with murder, armed robbery and burglary. They were arrested Tuesday morning. Investigators believe the four men went into Robert and Shirley Marchand's home in Gonzales and killed the couple and Shirley's son Douglas Dooley.
The Marchands and Dooley were found with their throats slashed, and there were no signs of forced entry into the home. Detectives believe a fifth person, Devon James, helped the other suspects make away with an estimated $500,000 in coins that were locked away in a safe inside the home.
James is charged with three counts of accessory after-the-fact to first-degree murder, accessory after-the-fact to armed robbery and accessory after-the-fact to aggravated burglary. Police believe James was given money to allow the others to bring the stolen safe to his house, and let them break into it there.