White man arrested in killings of two black men in Louisiana

  • In US
  • 2017-09-19 17:14:11Z
  • By Reuters

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old white man was arrested on Tuesday and will be charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, authorities said.

Kenneth Gleason is accused of carrying out the killings on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14. Local media reported that police have said the killings may be racially motivated, but officials would not confirm that.

In both incidents, Baton Rouge police have said, a motorist opened fire on a pedestrian. Once the victims were on the ground, police said, the assailant got out of the car and shot them several times more.

Hillar Moore, district attorney for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, said prosecutors may seek the death penalty for Gleason if he is convicted.

But Moore said that even if the killings were determined to be racially motivated, it was unlikely Gleason would also face hate crime charges.

"What are you going to do adding a term onto a death sentence? It's not going to do any good," Moore told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday. "You can't kill him twice."

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Tom Brown)


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