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Aug 29, 2014 3:52 PM by AP

Grand jury indicts 3 in Reserve couple's deaths

NEW ORLEANS - An Orleans Parish grand jury has indicted three people in the slaying of a Reserve couple who authorities say were bound and dumped into the Intracoastal Waterway in eastern New Orleans in February.

A fourth man was indicted for his alleged role in a botched attempt to cover up the killings.

Along with Horatio Johnson, 38, and former state prison guard, Brittany Martin, 25, both of whom previously were booked in the murders, The New Orleans Advocate reports the indictment handed up Thursday also names alleged conspirator, Steven Bradley, 28, in the killings of Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph.

Until the indictment, Bradley had been booked only with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the deaths.

The bodies of the Josephs turned up in February, victims of what authorities have described as a well-plotted crime in which others tried to cover up the evidence of their deaths left behind in a 2010 Dodge Caravan. Kenneth Joseph had borrowed the vehicle from his sister shortly before his and his wife's disappearance.

Blood found in the van tested positive for a mix of the couple's blood. The two were reportedly weighed down in the water by 30-pound kettle bells.

According to an arrest warrant for Bradley, he and a man identified as "Blue" received the Caravan from Johnson, who is a cousin of Kenneth Joseph. Johnson asked them to "clean it out and get rid of it for him," the warrant states.

Bradley told detectives he drove the van with "Blue" to the home of Frank Mike Jr., a New Orleans man who admitted driving the van to suburban Atlanta and abandoning it there, according to the FBI.

The five-count indictment also accused Frank Mike Jr., 45, of conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Johnson, Martin and Bradley also are accused in the two obstruction counts.

It was unknown if either of the suspects are represented by attorneys.

Criminal District Judge Karen Herman set bond for Johnson, Martin and Bradley at $2.5 million each. Mike's bail was set at $700,000.


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