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Police arrest second suspect in deadly double shooting from 2010

James Stevenson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) James Stevenson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A second man suspected in connection with a deadly shooting from nearly five years ago was arrested Monday.

James "Jimmy" Stevenson, 48, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of first-degree murder. No bond was set. He is accused of ordering the shooting deaths of Alton Spears Jr., 31, and Johnny Kelley, 56.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the shooting happened near an apartment complex on Delphine Street near Louisiana Avenue on Oct. 19, 2010.

According to the warrant for his arrest, which was issued almost a year ago to the day, Stevenson and another man, believed to be Ahmad Murphy, got into an argument with the victims. The document stated Stevenson pulled out a handgun, gave it to the other man and told him to shoot Spears. The arrest warrant added Spears and Kelley were each shot several times.

Murphy, 29, was arrested in January 2015 on two counts of first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Investigators said they learned of Murphy's involvement when he was on his way to their office for an unrelated incident.

Officers rolled out to the scene twice that Tuesday morning in 2010. The first time, they found nothing suspicious. Three hours later, the two men were found dead.

Investigators said they received several anonymous calls from people in the neighborhood around 3 a.m. The callers stated they heard shots fired. However, when police responded to investigate, they found nothing of significance in the area where the gunfire was reported.

Three hours later, dispatchers fielded more calls from people who claimed a man was lying on the sidewalk next to an apartment complex. The man was wearing only an undershirt, underwear and sneakers. Another man was found lying in the parking lot between two cars.

The warrant also stated Stevenson has been arrested in the past on charges of four counts of first-degree murder, manslaughter, attempted second-degree murder, distribution of cocaine, second-degree battery, aggravated burglary and armed robbery.

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