New Orleans man arrested, charged in connection with Donaldsonville double murder

New Orleans man arrested, charged in connection with Donaldsonville double murder
Published: Aug. 7, 2015 at 3:56 PM CDT
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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - An arrest has been made in connection to a double homicide that happened on the outskirts of Donaldsonville on January 26, 2015. Deputies have arrested and charged 26-year-old Quinton Jackson with two counts of first degree murder.

On January 26, 2015, 37-year-old Chad Nichols was found dead on the front lawn of his home in Donaldsonville. Deputies say 29-year-old Benny Booker was found in the doorway of Nichols' home. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. Officials say both men were fatally shot and the investigation revealed the shooting was a drug-related crime, with the possible motive of robbery.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley says heroin was found in Nichols' home during the investigation.

Shell casings recovered from the double homicide scene were examined by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab. Lab results revealed the weapon used in the double shooting in Donaldsonville is the same weapon that was used in four separate shootings in New Orleans between 2011 and 2013, according to Sheriff Wiley.

Additionally, Booker's vehicle, a 2007 white Dodge Magnum, was stolen from Nichols driveway at the time of the homicide. A second vehicle, which appears to be a 2006-2011 white 4-door, 3 series BMW was captured on surveillance video traveling with the Magnum speeding through Donaldsonville away from Latino Drive. The video shows four occupants in the BMW and one driving the stolen Dodge Magnum.

The stolen Magnum was later recovered in the New Orleans area after it was set on fire.

The BMW had a temporary tag in the rear window and a dealership logo tag where the license plate is usually displayed. The dealership logo tag is described to have possible blue lettering and a design somewhat similar to an American flag. The BMW has not been located.

Over the last eight months, Ascension Parish detectives conducted numerous interviews and combed through hundreds of records. Several potential suspects were developed from the New Orleans area. Ascension detectives then turned their focus to New Orleans and, as a result of intertwined investigations in Ascension and Orleans Parish; Sheriff Wiley's detectives positively identified one of the suspects as Quinton Jackson. Jackson's criminal history reflects that he has been arrested on two previous occasions for armed robbery in New Orleans.

On August 5, an arrest warrant, for the murders of Chad Nichols and Benny Booker, was obtained on Quinton Jackson.

On August 6, Ascension Parish detectives arrested Jackson in New Orleans with the assistance of New Orleans and federal authorities. On the night of August 6, Quinton Jackson, 26, of New Orleans was taken to the Ascension Parish jail where he was booked in on two counts of 1st degree murder.

Sheriff Wiley emphasized that this investigation is far from completion as his homicide squad will continue to concentrate their efforts on identifying others that are responsible for the double murder.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

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