Conspiracy case made on 4th man in shooting

Published 12:08am Friday, October 18, 2013

FERRIDAY — A Jonesville man was arrested Thursday in connection to a Ferriday shooting that sent one man to the hospital and put three others behind bars.

Jamar M. Whitehead, 33, 235 Griffin Road, Jonesville, was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said detectives believe Whitehead was part of the planning that resulted in three men — two from New Iberia and one from St. Martinville — traveling to Ferriday Saturday morning and shooting an Earl Davis Road resident.

“Further charges are pending for all four suspects, and we are pursuing more suspects in this case,” Hedrick said. “We believe information from this case will lead to other arrests throughout the State of Louisiana.”

Jatroy Whitehead, 21, 1341 Twenty Arpent Road, New Iberia, was arrested Tuesday by Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies after warrants were issued for his arrest Monday.

Jatroy Devantae Whitehead was charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and aggravated flight from an officer.

Justin M. Smith, 20, 751 Myrtis St., New Iberia, and Darius D. Kees, 20, 1047 Carmen Road, St. Martinville, were both arrested on the same charges as well as resisting an officer.

Jatroy Whitehead, Smith and Kees broke into an Earl Davis Roard house and entered a bedroom where the 37-year-old male victim, his girlfriend and a baby were lying in a bed.

The intruders allegedly shot the male victim in the leg before he fled outside the residence, where he was reportedly shot three more times in the legs.

The victim was taken to Riverland Medical Center. The woman and child were not injured in the shooting.

The gunmen then allegedly went back into the residence and stole a television before leaving the area in a gold SUV.

CPSO deputies chased the SUV throughout the parish before the vehicle crashed near Louisiana 565.

Smith and Kees were arrested on the scene, while Jatroy Whitehead fled across the levee.

Hedrick said he believes the shooting is drug-related based on interviews with the suspects, but further details can’t yet be released.