BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two arrests have been made after a fatal shooting on N 35th Street.
On Thursday, May 2, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced the arrest of Ray Anthony Bell, 36, and Julius Thomas Jr., 28, in connection with the shooting death of Deldrian Cox, 27.
Both are charged with second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
BRPD says Bell was arrested April 30 and Thomas was taken into custody May 1.
The deadly shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the 1100 block of N 35th Street a few blocks off N Acadian Thruway.
According to the arrest reports, law enforcement officials responded to the scene and learned Cox had been in an argument with the suspects on April 24. Then on April 26, the suspects returned to Cox’s home and began to argue with his mother. The report states Bell and Thomas threatened to shoot Cox, then returned about 45 minutes later and did so.
Investigators also learned Cox had been in a fight on April 19 with Thomas’ family members and his own family in Maringouin. Cox had allegedly robbed one of Thomas’ family members back in 2016 and a bounty of $2,500 was put on Cox for his death.
The report states witnesses on the scene of the deadly shooting saw the two men arguing with Cox and heard them threaten him, saying he was lucky there were people around because otherwise, he’d be dead by now.
Authorities believe Thomas knew Bell was going to shoot Cox on his behalf and allowed the deadly shooting to take place.