Jurors visit crime scene of murdered LSU grad students

Chandrasekhar Komma and Kiran Allam
Chandrasekhar Komma and Kiran Allam
Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Jurors will get a look at the crime scene where two LSU grad students were found killed in 2007, as the trial for their suspected killers moves into its third day of testimony.

Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis are charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Chandrasekhar Komma, 31, and Kiran Allam, 33. District Court Judge Chip Moore will accompany the jury on a tour of the crime scene.

A third person accused in the case, Devin Parker, made a plea deal and agreed to testify during this trial. The trial is expected to continue through the end of the week.

The victims were found dead at the Edward Gay Apartments on Dec. 13, 2007. Gathers is the suspected triggerman in the shooting deaths of the two victims. Their bodies were found after what police called a home invasion of Allam's apartment on the edge of the Baton Rouge campus.

The victims were both international students from India. Investigators reported they were shot in the head execution style inside the apartment. The LSU Police Department said it received a call of about a medical emergency. Police arrived on the scene and found the two men shot, one bound with a cable.

Komma was a 31-year-old biology student from Kurnool and Allam was a 33-year-old chemistry student from Hyderabad.

In 2008, Gathers and Lewis were arrested in Vermilion Parish. The third suspect was identified as Parker. He was arrested on an unrelated simple robbery charge by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

In the arrest warrant, police said, "Devin Parker admitted that he was present with the co-defendants at the apartment complex on the LSU campus where the two murders occurred." According to the warrant, "Parker described what occurred inside...including the fact that Casey Gathers shot both of the victims."

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