PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - An Iberville Parish grand jury has determined there wasn’t enough evidence to indict the son of the St. Gabriel police chief for the May shooting deaths of two brothers, a decision that has left the family of the victims outraged.
The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General wanted to charge 25-year-old Kevin Ambeau Jr., with two counts of second-degree murder but a grand jury Thursday declined to indict him, multiple media outlets report.
Ambeau, whose father is St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau Sr., told investigators he shot and killed 26-year-old Dominique Dunbar and 30-year-old Rove Lodge to defend his girlfriend’s home after the pair showed up to confront his cousin. The cousin had gotten into fist fights with the siblings earlier the same night.
The victims’ mother, Angela Stewart, said Ambeau dodged a trial because of his father’s connections.
“They really need to bring this case in another parish, East Baton Rouge, somewhere else,” Bobbie Dunbar, the victims’ aunt, told KSLA-TV (https://bit.ly/1mfjLmD). “St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish should have nothing to do with this.”
In a prepared statement shortly after the grand jury’s decision, Kevin Ambeau Sr. said he respects the criminal justice system and expressed relief for his son, who moved to Virginia following the incident. He said he is praying for the family of the victims.
Ambeau Jr. told investigators Dunbar and Lodge were trying to enter the trailer through the back door when he shot them.
Witness Natasha Populars, the girlfriend of Israel Lodge, a brother of the victims, said the brothers had no intentions of harming Ambeau or his cousin.
“This is not the final say,” Stewart told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1OmjVz5 ). “I’ll sell my house and my land if I have to, but I want justice for my sons.”
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