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Grand jury hands up indictments in five murder cases

Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 18:25:26-04

A Lafayette grand jury handed up indictments in five different murder cases today.

James Aaron Malloy
Courtesy LPSO

The grand jury indicted James Malloy, 30, on a charge of second-degree murder in the November 2018 slaying of Libby Malloy. Libby was James’ sister; investigators say he was living with her when the incident happened.

Willie-Thomas-Jr.
Willie Thomas Jr. courtesy Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office

The grand jury indicted Willie Thomas Jr., 24, on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the January slaying of Willie James Thomas. Thomas, Jr., was arrested after a car crash in St. Mary Parish. He transported to Lafayette’s jail after being released from the hospital. He’s accused of killing his father;  his father’s body was found by police in their home located in the 200 block of Joy Street. Investigators say the father died of head trauma.

Nicholas James Hebert

The grand jury indicted Nicholas James Hebert, 27, on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the January slaying of Frederick Richardson of Baton Rouge. That shooting occurred January 3, 2019, at a local hotel in the 2100 block of the NW Evangeline Thruway.

Sean Perroncel Courtesy LPSO
Maximilian Trautman
Maximilian Trautman
Courtesy LPSO

The grand jury indicted Sean Perroncel, 32, and Maximilian Trautmann, 23, on one charge of second-degree murder each in connection with the slaying earlier this month of Pernell Boudreaux. Boudreaux was shot to death the morning of March 9 on Lebesque Road.

If convicted of second-degree murder, the sentence is a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Tyler James Hebert
Tyler James Hebert / LPD
Derek J. Junca
Derek J. Junca / LPSO

The grand jury indicted Tyler Hebert, 27, and Derek Junca, 20, on one charge of first-degree murder each in connection with the March 13 slaying of Christian Roper. Also today, the District Attorney filed a notice, in this case, saying he did not intend to seek the death penalty against either defendant.  Roper died following a shooting in the parking lot of the Grand Pointe Apartments on Kaliste Saloom Road.

If convicted of first-degree murder, each man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. It’s the exact same sentence as second-degree murder, if prosecutors decide against seeking the death penalty.