BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The accused killer of a West St. John High School football coach turned himself in to authorities Tuesday evening.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Kendric Cloud, 25, of Baker, surrendered around 7:30 p.m. He was accompanied by his attorney. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm in the death of Juan Joseph, 27, of Edgard. No bond has been set.
His cousin, Lemark Cloud, 25, was booked earlier in the day in connection with the murder. Police said he is an accomplice in the shooting. He's charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, accessory after the fact to illegal use of a weapon and accessory after the fact to felon in possession of a firearm. He is believed to be the getaway driver after the shooting. He's being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in lieu of a $300,000 bond.
Both men have a lengthy criminal history.
According to investigators, the incident happened early Sunday morning outside a nightclub on Bennington Avenue in Baton Rouge. It is believed Kendric Cloud shot Joseph after the two had a brief argument.
"While in the parking lot, [Lemark Cloud] and one of the witnesses got into a verbal altercation after [Lemark] almost struck the witness with his vehicle," the officer noted in the probable cause report. "The driver then exited the vehicle and showed a gun to [Juan Joseph] and friends in the process."
"[Juan Joseph] attempted to diffuse the situation by telling his friends to leave as they weren't interested in fighting. [Kendric Cloud], the front seat passenger, then exited the vehicle and shot [Juan Joseph] without cause or justification to do so," the officer continued in the report.
Court documents show that Kendric Cloud has a criminal record that goes back seven years. It all began with an arrest for armed robbery and kidnapping, but those charges would later be dismissed due to a lack of evidence. In 2009, he was arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was placed on probation.
The following year, he was arrested and charged for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was released again on probation, but was arrested again in July 2013 on a new drug-related charge. He stayed in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison until November 5.
Lemark has a criminal record including drugs and violence that goes back to 2007, but has few convictions. He was, however, convicted in 2013 for attempted possession of hydromorphine.
Joseph was the quarterbacks coach at West St. John High School. He was the father of a daughter and had another child on the way.