An inquiry to Louisiana authorities by the Netflix sequence “Unsolved Mysteries” jump-started two dormant homicide investigations into the slayings of a pair of married couples and led to an arrest final week.
The Kenner Police Division mentioned Dernell Nelson, 35, of LaPlace, is charged with first-degree homicide within the slayings of Hermania Ellsworth and Charles Davis. Investigators mentioned he may be related to the slaying of one other married couple discovered lifeless three weeks after the loss of life of the primary couple.
The primary killings occurred on June 17, 2010, when authorities discovered Ellsworth and Davis lifeless from a number of gunshot wounds inside her car, which had crashed right into a tree. Their Three-year-old son was within the backseat however had not been shot. He sustained different accidents, police mentioned.
Investigators suspected stolen cash to be the motive for the killings. Three weeks in a while July 9, 2010, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff deputies found the our bodies of Herbert Glass and Lynette Williams in Lake Ponchartrain close to New Orleans.
Each had gunshot wounds and had been certain in duct tape, police mentioned. Their Toyota Camry was discovered burned at an Interstate 59 exit and the our bodies had been recovered from the lake the subsequent day.
Kenner police teamed up with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Workplace investigators on the homicide instances.
“Each regulation enforcement businesses believed the 2 murder investigations could also be associated because of the St. Tammany victims residing in shut proximity to the place the Kenner Murder occurred and occurred solely three weeks other than every,” a Kenner police assertion reads.
Investigators had a number of suspects however no arrests had been made and the instances went chilly. Nelson was a type of suspects, police mentioned.
The investigation was reopened in March after Kenner police obtained an inquiry from “Unsolved Mysteries” concerning the case.
Chilly case detective Nick Engler was assigned the case associated to theEllsworth and Davis murders. He reviewed investigative and laboratory experiences, telephone data and witness statements, police mentioned.
Nelson was arrested on April 22 after he was linked to the slayings by means of DNA and circumstantial proof. Engler has been in touch with St. Tammany Parish investigators as they appear to shut the Glass and Williams murders.
The famed docuseries recounts chilly instances and paranormal actions. Netflix revived the present final yr and has dropped 12 episodes in two seasons. On its Twitter account, the sequence acknowledged its position in serving to to seize Nelson.
“We’re glad to assist in any manner we are able to,” it tweeted.