GEISMAR, LA — Three suspects were arrested in the homicide of Bernard Solomon, 20, that took place on Wednesday night at the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road in Geismar, according to Major Kevin Hanna.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Detectives continued their investigation after Solomon was found lying in the intersection with multiple gunshot wounds where he was later pronounced at a local hospital.
Detectives learned that Jyrah Bringier, Shedrick Norra, Marcus Sterling, Richard Gauthier, Jr., and Solomon traveled from Donaldsonville to the Eastbank of Ascension Parish in a silver Nissan Altima and went to the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road to purchase prescription cough medicine containing codeine, known on the streets as “lean.”
Based on a Crime Stoppers tip, Ledell Maxwell was identified as the individual selling the “lean.” Detectives learned Maxwell drove from Baton Rouge to Stevenson Road to sell the cough medicine and during the transaction Solomon allegedly pulled a handgun on Maxwell, who then also pulled a handgun and opened fire on Solomon.
Detectives are in the process of identifying a second person that was with Maxwell. Both guns and both vehicles that were involved have been located and seized.
On Thursday evening, three arrests were made in this case.
Ledell Maxwell, 38, of Baton Rouge turned himself in on Thursday evening. He was charged with First-Degree Murder and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. His bond has been set at $1 million by Judge Kliebert.
Marcus Sterling, 27, of Donaldsonville was charged with First-Degree Murder. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $250,000 by Judge Kliebert.
Richard Gauthier, Jr., 18, of Donaldsonville was charged with First-Degree murder. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $250,000 by Judge Kliebert.
On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Jyrah Bringier, Shedrick Norra for First-Degree Murder.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.