High speed chase involving double murder, arson suspect ends in crash in West Feliciana

High speed chase involving double murder, arson suspect ends in crash in West Feliciana

WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal says 31-year-old Dereke Siner admits to killing two women at their St. Martinville mobile home and setting their trailer on fire.

Siner, also from St. Martinville, is accused of doing all of that before leading police on a high speed chase Saturday.

"After this individual committed the crimes, he fled the scene, got into an accident in Lafayette Parish," says Fire Marshal Butch Browning.  "Subsequently, he took a vehicle from another individual and was trying to flee the state,"

But he wouldn't get that far.

Authorities say thanks to a witness and the stolen car's navigation system, Siner was tracked down two hours later near St. Francisville.

The West Feliciana Sheriff's Office says a chase followed for ten miles before Siner crashed in the Old Laurel Hill Road area and was arrested.

Browning says Siner knew the victims he killed back in St. Martinville - a 68-year-old mother, and her 30-year-old daughter.

"He and the daughter actually had a relationship of some type," said Browning. "We're understanding that that relationship was an estranged relationship.   We believe that could possibly be the motive why this occurred."

Siner is charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of aggravated arson and one count of obstruction of justice in St. Martinville.

The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office has charged Siner with possession of stolen property over $500, reckless operation and aggravated flight from an officer.

Browning says Siner remains locked up Sunday in West Feliciana Parish.

Monday, he's expected to be transported to jail in St. Martin Parish.

His bail will be set at that time.

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