Arrest made in twisted case that may have led to death of US Deputy Marshal

Arrest made in twisted case that may have led to death of US Deputy Marshal
Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)
Lochelle and Senica Williams
Lochelle and Senica Williams
US Deputy Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS)
US Deputy Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS)

NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - A man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a January shooting that may have started a chain of events that led to the shooting death of US Deputy Marshal Josie Wells.

Darius Lee Williams was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm on a premises of an alcohol beverage outlet.

Williams is accused of shooting at 31-year-old Jamie Croom on Jan. 15, 2015 near the Time Wise convenience store on Parent Street in New Roads.

Croom 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.

Darius Williams is the son of Lechelle Williams.

Then, on March 10, 2015 while US Marshals were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for the double homicide in February, Jamie Croom shot and killed Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells, 27, of Mississippi, during a shootout at the Elm Grove Motel in the Scotlandville-area. Croom was also shot and died on March 11, 2015.

On March 11, 2015, five people were arrested in connection to the New Roads double murder. 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. He was re-booked 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 to Pointe Coupe Parish Prison.

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

Darius Lee Williams of New Roads was originally arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was transferred to the Pointe Coupe Parish Jail on a $210,000 bond.

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