- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2011 drug-related slaying of a woman and her boyfriend.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1nQjzom ) Patrick James Ramirez, 33, will face a mandatory term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him July 17.

“Long three years,” Jaydee Wright said outside Erwin’s courtroom moments after an East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Ramirez guilty Friday on two counts of second-degree murder in the Feb. 7, 2011, killing of Latonya Wright, 27, of Baton Rouge, and Jarrett Stanley, 28, of Lake Charles.

“I feel like justice has been served. I feel like she can rest now,” Wright said.

The couple’s bullet-riddled bodies were found Feb. 7, 2011, in the trunk of a car.

Another man, Kendrick Deandre Johnson, 32, of Baton Rouge, also is charged in the case. His next court date is Aug. 6.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings said the double-murder investigation marked the first case worked by the then-newly created East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crime Unit.

Cummings’ boss, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III, called the double-killing a “cold-blooded execution.”

An anonymous caller told investigators that Wright and Stanley were killed at Ramirez’s home during a drug transaction, according to an arrest warrant. The caller identified Ramirez as being responsible for the killings, the warrant said.

Investigators searched Ramirez’s home and found human blood using a chemical agent and an alternate light source. They also found a suspected bullet hole in Ramirez’s stove that had been covered with tape and freshly painted, the warrant said.

Baton Rouge Police have said that Stanley was wanted in a drug and stolen gun case when he was killed. Latonya Wright was booked in that case in December 2010 on one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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