Police arrest estranged boyfriend in double homicide

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 5:56pm

Shreveport Police officers have arrested one victim's estranged boyfriend in connection with last weekend's double homicide.

Family, friends and neighbors should be able to rest easier tonight knowing that the man who police believe shot and killed Linda and Rashonda Taylor last Saturday is now behind bars.  Based on information gathered during the investigation up until last night, detectives determined that probable cause existed to arrest Keith Martin, 35, overnight.

That information includes witness statements from family and friends as well as physical evidence that investigators recovered throughout the investigation.  Keith Martin is the estranged boyfriend of Rashonda and the father of her two children.  This incident is not his first run-in with the law.  He has had prior arrests in Shreveport including two charges for discharging a firearm and several alcohol-related arrests.

His arrest comes only days after detectives searched Martin's brother's home in the 3800 block of Tate Street as part of the investigation into the double homicide.  "They just happened to locate Jasper Martin there, and learned that he was in possession of a firearm," Sgt. Bill Goodin explained.  "At this point, we don't believe (the weapon) is in connection to the shooting of the Taylors."  Jasper was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say that they have not recovered the weapon used in the double homicide, but they did not indicate that they would be making any more arrests in connection with this case.  The investigation is still ongoing.


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