Jan 31, 2012 11:23 PM by Maddie Garrett

Home Invasion Suspect Also Charged in Ongoing Murder Case

Youngsville police are still looking Tuesday night for a home invasion suspect, while the other remains behind bars. Police arrested 22-year-old Gregory Lemelle early Tuesday morning. Police say officers located Lemelle hiding a few blocks from the scene after the homeowner fired two shots through the door to scare off the would-be intruders.

But there's an unexpected twist to the story. Lemelle is also charged with a more serious crime, a murder from over a year ago.

"I'm not surprised. He's doing the same thing he apparently did to my husband," said Markeetha Blackwell.

Blackwell's husband, Rickey Blackwell, was shot over two years go allegedly by two of his cousins, Andre Bernard and Gregory Lemelle. Blackwell suffered from the gunshot wound and died from it a year later.

Police say Lemelle is charged with Principal to 2nd Degree Murder. He's been out on bond awaiting trial since last year.

"I'm going to see to it and hopefully something could be done where he can't get out this time. And I hope that justice could be served for my husband because it could have happened to a second family this morning," said Blackwell.

After hearing the news, Blackwell said the Youngsville family was lucky Tuesday morning. Assistant Police Chief Byron Romero agreed, saying the family dog alerted the homeowners to intruders and the mother was able to take action.

"The victim was scared, she didn't want to say nothing, but you know you have the right to protect your family and your home and that's exactly what she did," said Romero. "No telling what could have happened if the suspects would have made entry into the house."

Lemelle will be back in court next week on February 9th at 9:00 am for the Blackwell murder case.



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