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Hammond man convicted in manslaughter conspiracy

Hammond man convicted in manslaughter conspiracy

Author: Action News 17/Thursday, April 18, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime

From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux:

AMITE---District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 33-year-old Baron Smith Jr., of Hammond, LA, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Quandell Beard and Elliot Smith.


On October 9, 2015, TPSO deputies were dispatched to a double homicide which occurred near an apartment complex located on Quick Boulevard in Hammond, LA. The victims of the homicide were identified as Elliott Smith and Quandell Beard. Both victims were shot next to their vehicle. Throughout the investigation, law enforcement recovered over thirty shell casings from an assault rifle and several other casings from a .40 caliber handgun.  According to an eye witness, a tan colored SUV approached the victims’ vehicle, and the passenger of the SUV produced a weapon and fired numerous shots, which hit both victims. 


Detectives were able to locate a cellphone from the victims’ vehicle.  An examination of the cellphone revealed a series of text messages from a male named Don Raines. The series of messages contained communication between the victims and Raines regarding narcotics, money, and a potential robbery. Based on this information, detectives contacted Raines to be interviewed at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.


During Raines’s statement to police, Quandell Beard and Elliott Smith were allegedly involved in a robbery in Ponchatoula and the shooting was in retaliation. According to Raines, Calvin Alexander, the victim of the non-fatal shooting and robbery, requested that Raines assisted with luring Beard and Smith to the Hammond area to shoot them. Raines stated that he agreed to do so and advised Smith and Beard to come to Hammond for a drug deal.  Once Beard and Smith got to the area, Raines contacted Alexander and his friend Baron Smith to advise them of their location and vehicle description. Shortly after this series of events, Smith and Baron were shot and killed. 


During the statement, Raines admitted to facilitating this murder with another male at the direction of Calvin Alexander. He identified Baron Smith as the front seat passenger in Alexander’s SUV the night of the murder. Historical cell site location data indicates that Alexander and Baron Smith were together at the crime scene at the time of the murder.


Baron Smith was sentenced to 20 years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.  Assistant District Attorney Angel Monistere represented the state of Louisiana in this case; Judge Jeffery Johnson handed down the sentence.


(File Photo of Baron Jerome Smith, courtesy of TPSO)



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