GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Officials with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office say there are new developments in the homicide of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta.
On August 14, 2014, Augusta's body was found in a heavily wooded area on the banks of the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville, La. A worker found Augusta's body on August 14 and called authorities.
His body was found just a few days after he was reported missing. He was last seen on August 10, 2014 around 1 p.m. at his home, as he was getting into a gray car.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley says Brandon and four others went to the levee and smoked synthetic marijuana. At some point, they got into a fight over a previous dispute and beat up Brandon.
Sheriff Wiley says the four males left Brandon there to die and there was a wealth of evidence at the scene.
"There was a bludgeoned murder, that there were several weapons of opportunity on the banks of Mississippi that would be big pieces of driftwood big pieces of concrete that were used to bludgeon Brandon's head and we think that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, his body was violated," said Wiley.
He said these four individuals went about their business and living their lives for 10 months, knowing what they did.
Two of the four males have been booked into the juvenile detention center and are currently being charged as juveniles, but he eventually wants to charge them as adults. All four will be charged with first degree murder.
Sheriff Wiley says 18-year-old Tyrell Williams and 21-year-old Marcus Ester have been identified as two of the suspects.
Ester is in jail and has had 21 prior arrests, eight of those were felonies. Williams has had one juvenile arrest in the past.
A 17-year-old involved in this case has been arrested 20 times and has 53 charges against him. He and another juvenile are en route from Monroe, La.
"This drug called synthetic marijuana is the most dangerous drug that we are dealing with today," said Wiley.
Augusta's mother and grandmother said they now have closure and can start moving forward.
"I feel relieved. I'm just going to move forward now I can kind of breath more," said Brandon's mother Katrina Augusta.
"I feel relieved. I feel a load off of me. I need some closure, and this is the closure here," said Brandon's grandmother Audrey Augusta.
Brandon's grandmother had him since he was 11 months old. She described him as a church-going boy who thought everyone was his friend. In fact, she had spoken to him on Aug. 9, 2014 before he was killed.
"I said, 'Don't forget, be home for 8:30.' He said, 'Okay.' I expected him to come home that night because every Sunday he would go to church," said Audrey.
When he did not return home, she finally called in a missing person's report. A few days later, Brandon's beaten body was found along the levee.