Police arrest suspect for shooting deaths of 2 SU students

Police arrest suspect for shooting deaths of 2 SU students

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After nearly two months, police say they've arrested a 25-year-old man in connection to the shooting deaths of two Southern University students.

Officials say they arrested Brandon Henderson for the murders of Lashuntae Benton and Annette January. The shooting happened on April 10, 2016 at the Cottages Apartments on Ben Hur Drive.

"This is a very tragic case with two completely innocent and beautiful victims losing their lives," said 19th JDC District Attorney Hillar Moore. "Their deaths were completely preventable had individuals simply acted with restraint and used decent good judgement."

A third person was injured from this shooting.

Henderson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday, June 2. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

Officials say detectives received ballistic analysis results that were collected at the scene and autopsies that lead to this arrest. They say it was during a recent interview that Henderson admitted to firing the first shots that initiated the exchange of gunfire that killed Benton and January.

The probable cause report notes that bullets that killed Benton and January were not from Henderson's gun.

Police also previously arrested Ernest Felton, 22, in connection with the shooting.

"This is a complicated case given the number of witnesses and statements, multiple shooters, evidence left at the scene and evidence not recovered," Moore added. "I do not know the details of all of the statements or evidence collected thus far but given my knowledge of this case and now this arrest our plan is to meet with the detectives and my ADAs to review this case and prepare to present this case to the grand jury for their review of the facts and the law.

"Before any grand jury presentation I will meet with the families of these young ladies. They have suffered greatly and have been very concerned about making sure that justice is served for their children."

This shooting is still under investigation with additional pending arrests. Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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