BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge last week were likely racially motivated, police said Sunday, and a suspect — a 23-year-old white man — was in custody. In both shootings the gunman fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times.The suspect, Kenneth Gleason, was being held on drug charges. Authorities didn't immediately have enough evidence to arrest him on charges related to the killings, but the investigation was ongoing, Baton Rouge Sgt. L'Jean Mckneely told The Associated Press."The victims were ... ambushed," Mckneely said. "There is a strong possibility that it could be racially motivated.
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- Police think 2 Louisiana slayings likely racially motivated
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press - Sunday Sep 17, 2017
- The Latest: Aunt baffled by nephew's arrest in 2 killings
Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge (all times local):10:50 a.m.An aunt of the 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge says his arrest has left her shocked and baffled.Kerrie Highley, a maternal aunt of 23-year-old Kenneth James Gleason, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her nephew was an Eagle Scout from a church-going family. She said she never heard him express any racist views.Police say last week's slayings may have been racially motivated. A law enforcement official said Tuesday that authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Gleason's home.
- The Latest: Official: Hitler speech found at suspect's home
Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the killings of two black men in Baton Rouge (all times local):11:40 a.m.A law enforcement official says a copy of an Adolf Hitler speech was found at the home of white man accused of killing two black men and firing on a black family.The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.Authorities said at an earlier news conference that Kenneth James Gleason would be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths last week of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work.Authorities say the men were unarmed when they were attacked.
- White Baton Rouge Suspect Is Charged With Murder in Killings of Two Black Men
By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH - Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
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By Associated Press - Thursday Oct 12, 2017
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