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Credit card purchase leads police to suspects in Reserve couple murder

Police say a credit card purchase led them to two people allegedly involved in a Reserve couple's murder. Police say a credit card purchase led them to two people allegedly involved in a Reserve couple's murder.

A man and woman were caught on surveillance video at Walmart buying supplies believed to be used in the murder of a Reserve couple.

Brittany Martin, 25 and Horatio Johnson, 37, have been arrested for two counts of second degree murder. The New Orleans Police Department believes more people were involved in the killings and the multi-agency investigation is far from over.

The two suspects who turned themselves in were booked as fugitives.

The NOPD confirmed Thursday what FOX 8 first reported from court documents involving a search warrant. Police now say Martin and Johnson were captured on a Walmart surveillance camera buying supplies on Feb. 19. That is the day after Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph went missing from their Reserve home.

Court documents show Martin used her credit card to purchase blue nylon rope and 30-pound kettlebell weights.

The Joseph's bodies were found weeks apart in the Intracoastal Waterway. Both were bound by their feet with blue nylon rope and tied to a 30-pound kettlebell to weigh the bodies down.

"The van which contained the victim's blood was delivered to a known individual by two suspects with instructions to dispose of this van," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said. "The van was delivered to Atlanta and abandoned. A forensic examination has verified that the blood in the van was a mixture of both victims."

Federal and local authorities arrested convicted felon Frank Mike Jr. in April. Mike is accused of transporting the couple's stolen van across state lines.

Authorities found the van in a suburb of Atlanta eight days after the couple went missing. Court documents revealed blood evidence was found inside of the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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