Posted: Feb 1, 2012 10:21 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Feb 1, 2012 10:26 PM
For almost six years, a double-murder case has gone unsolved in Eunice.
In 2006, Mary Anna and Youric Courville were found murdered in their home. At the time, police had suspects but lacked evidence.
Then, a break.
"As of this date, we have arrested the two persons responsible and will be brought to justice," Chief Ronald Dies said on December 1, 2011.
Dies announced the arrests of two men: Warren Gautreaux and Quentin Ceasar for their roles in the murders but now, a judge has dismissed the charges against one of those suspects for "lack of evidence."
In 2006, then Police Chief Goose Fontenot said, "we do have some decent evidence, yes."
Chief Fontenot linked the robbery and murder of Mary Anna and Youric Courville to two men at the time. Guess who? Warren Gautreaux and Quentin Ceasar. However, in 2006, police didn't have enough evidence to make an arrest.
Six years later, police claim they have more than a dozen witnesses linking Gautreaux and Ceasar to the crime.
Eunice police thought they had all the evidence to get a conviction to the double murder that happened on Boudreaux Street. but in Opelousas, a district judge said the evidence police had piled up just wasn't enough. The judge dismissed the case against one of the suspects.
Before taking Quentin Ceasar to trial, the court asked for a hearing to review the evidence against him (that's standard procedure). Judge Donald Hebert said the evidence was "startlingly lacking in specificity."
In his opinion, police were able to identify Ceasar with Gautreaux but not the crime.
According to one witness, Ceasar remained outside the home while the murders happened.
District Attorney Earl Taylor will now review the investigation and has the option of taking Ceasar's case to a grand jury, that's where the people will decide if the evidence against him is enough to put him behind bars.
Gautreaux also has an evidentiary hearing next week. Police said their case against him is "very strong."