Posted: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Oct 6, 2011 10:56 PM
An arrest could be made soon in the seven year murder investigation of 62-year-old Carrie Billeaud. The New Iberia Sheriff's Office confirms it has a person of interest, and have presented its case to the District Attorney's Office. But as of Thursday, Sheriff Louis Ackal said this is still an ongoing investigation.
Since December 2004, who killed Carrie Billeaud, and why, remained a mystery. Billeaud was found beaten to death inside her water well and pool supply store in New Iberia. With few leads, the case went cold.
But today a new lead, as Sheriff Ackal confirmed 30-year-old Brian Segura is a person of interest in the murder. Segura is already in custody on unrelated charges.
"It is still an ongoing investigation, we are working with the District Attorney's office here in Iberia Parish on the case," said Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Ryan Turner.
But the Daily Iberian released more information about the case. The Iberian Quoted Ackal as saying Segura confessed to the crime in March. The paper also claims Ackal said Segura often bought supplies from Billeaud's store, and one day he beat her with a baseball bat while trying to steal money from her.
But Ackal said he never released any details about the case to the Daily Iberian, and his quotes in the paper are false. The Sheriff's Office said nothing is confirmed until the DA's office takes action.
"Until we (DA) have both agreed on the circumstance on the case file itself, we're not going to make any comments until then," said Turner.
The Daily Iberian had no comment when KATC asked about the article. It's important to note that no arrests have been made in Billeaud's murder, and no charges have been filed.
However, the Billeaud family's private detective did tell KATC they plan to hold a press conference next week.
As for Segura, he will appear in court Monday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery. Police say he held a woman and her child at knife-point in March, and forced the victim to get money out of an ATM.
Segura also faces attempted first degree murder charges for allegedly taking a jailer hostage using a homemade shank in July. He remains in the Iberia Parish Jail.