The family member of a couple murdered in Jeff Davis Parish is hoping to alert those in the Houston area after deputies say one of the two suspects wanted for the crime has ties to the city.
Deputies say 23-year-old Javari Guidry and 21-year-old Jordan Alexander Legros robbed 72-year-old Walter Gotreaux and his 70-year-old wife, Darlene, at their home near Lacassine last Sunday night before shooting and killing them.
Guidry and Legros remain at large and are considered armed and dangerous. They are wanted for first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.
The niece of the Gotreauxs, Wendy Collins, tells KTRK the public needs to be aware of the possibility of the suspects being in Texas.
In a press conference Friday, a spokesperson with the sheriff’s office said Guidry and Legros live in the parish but are not from the area originally with Guidry being linked to Houston and Legros being linked to Welsh.
Collins is hoping authorities track down the suspects so she and her family have some sort of closure.
“How do you get through this a week before Christmas?” she asked herself. “It’s not like they were sick, and we were expecting this. There was no time to say goodbye. There was no time to say ‘I love you.’ There’s no closure. There’s nothing. We have nothing now.”
According to the sheriff’s office spokesperson, Guidry was arrested for attempted murder in 2015 in Lafayette. At this time, it’s unclear how long he served or why he’s been out of prison.
If you see either of the two suspects or know anything about this crime, call your local law enforcement agency or the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-824-3850.