BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The attorneys representing the family of Danny Buckley, 61, who was shot and killed Saturday night (Aug. 22) in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s on Perkins Road are now speaking out.
Investigators say they are now looking for the alleged shooter, but did not release his picture to the media yet.
A spokesperson with the Baton Rouge Police Department tells WAFB after reviewing surveillance footage and speaking with eyewitnesses, they finally came to the conclusion to charge Boyd, more than 72 hours after the shooting.
“How in the hell he (suspect) gets to walk out of Trader Joe’s parking lot, a free man, is insane,” said Ron Haley, attorney for the victims’ family.
This comes not long after the Baton Rouge Police Department issued an arrest warrant for the alleged killer, Jace Boyd, 24. He’s wanted on charges of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
Hours after East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement that reads in part, “I have spoken with Chief Murphy Paul and asked him to conduct a fair and transparent review of what happened.”
BRPD officials confirmed they will be pressing charges on 24-year-old Jace Boyd, for allegedly shooting and killing 61-year-old Danny Buckley in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s on August 22.
“The family wants it prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. with the district attorney’s office, and the family is also in the mindset, that there might be a federal hate crime, that they would like to see as well too,” said Attorney Ryan Thompson, attorney for the victims’ family.
Reports say Buckley did frequently ask for money from people in the area.
Investigators with BRPD believe this ordeal happened “as a result of an altercation” between the pair.
The attorney’s for Buckley’s family question why Boyd wasn’t arrested on site.
“Had the roles been reversed, and had it been Mr. Buckley that had murdered Mr. Boyd. We believe it would not have been 72 hours before this arrest warrant was put out. So absolutely we believe that this was a disparity in how this case was treated,” said Thompson.
We spoke with Kaylee on Monday, August 24. She was allegedly the last person who Buckley asked for money in that Trader Joe’s parking lot before being shot, but says she never felt threatened.
“And as I was opening my door, and I heard another man and I could see them. And he (suspect) said ‘leave those girls alone.’ Yes he (Buckley) did ask me for money, yes he did come into my personal space to speak to me, but that’s not a death sentence,” said Kaylee.
“And so I can’t blame this man for trying to get money to put food in his stomach, and he was killed for that. Where is the humanity?” questioned Haley.
Of course, we don’t know what happened in the seconds after Kaylee got into her car, and if an altercation did in fact take place.
Boyd is innocent until proven guilty.
Buckley’s son, Donnell, has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for his father’s funeral expenses.
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