5 arrested in connection to double New Roads homicide involving Jamie Croom

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POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres says five people have been charged in connection with a double murder that happened in New Roads.

Jamie Croom, 31, was wanted in connection with the New Roads double homicide that left a brother and sister dead on February 18. He is accused of shooting Sinica and Lechelle Williams in the parking lot of the Sugar Shack Bar on Mandela Lane.

Two of the five are believed to have been at the club when the shooting occurred.

Terry Matthews was first arrested on February 20 for felon in possession of a firearm. Tuesday he was rebooked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Prison with the additional charges, including principal to first-degree murder. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Eli Edwards, Croom's brother, has also been charged with principal to first degree murder. He was first arrested on February 25 in East Baton Rouge Parish for traffic violations and a warrant for felon in possession of a firearm issued by the Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office. He was transported to Pointe Coupee Parish where he posted a $100,000 bond.

Shelly Croom and Eli Croom III, siblings of Jamie Croom, were also arrested in Baton Rouge and were charged with accessory after the fact. That's because investigators believe they made contact with Croom after the fatal shooting at the club.

Edwards, Shelly and Eli Croom were all arrested in Baton Rouge and were transported Wednesday to Pointe Coupe Parish Prison.

Tenisha Foster, Croom's girlfriend, was arrested Wednesday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish and charged with accessory after the fact.

Torres said there could be more arrest.

"I can assure you that anybody who was involved, that we can prove in the court of law, that had any involvement with trying to harbor Croom is going to be charged," said Torres.

Torres said a felony of accessory charge faces a maximum sentence of 5 years.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Jamie Croom killed Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells, 27, of Mississippi, during a shootout Tuesday morning at the Elm Grove Motel in the Scotlandville-area.

A task force made up of law enforcement from the Baton Rouge-area and the US Marshals Service went to the Elm Grove motel to arrest Croom for his involvement in the shooting at the Sugar Shack.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office reported Croom died early Wednesday morning at a Baton Rouge hospital. He was shot multiple times during the incident. Shane Evans, an investigator with the coroner's office, said Croom was pronounced dead 12:40 a.m.

Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells was shot in the neck and was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

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