10 indictments in Alexus Rankins case

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish grand jury has indicted ten people in connection with the death of Alexus Rankins.

 Rankins is the Lake Charles teenager that died after she was shot while walking home from the movies back in March.  Rankins was killed in a shooting stemming from gang violence.

The DA says the twenty count indictment against ten people should send out a clear message in the community.

It was March 27 when 14 year old Rankins was walking home from the movies on Dixie Drive-- when she was shot. Several days later she died in a local hospital-- the investigation reveals the tragic shooting stems from gang violence and that Rankins herself was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time as District Attorney John DeRosier explains.   "This young lady had the very unfortunate circumstances of was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time when one member of one rival gang was trying to get back at another member of another rival gang."

Indicted for first degree murder is Sean Bernard Newton believed to be the shooter-- also charged with inciting to riot and obstruction of justice. Brandon Newton, a 16 year old juvenile who will be tried as an adult and and Joshua Jeremiah Lambert have been indicted for manslaughter, accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.

Others indicted include parents Nina Lambert Newton, charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact; and Rodney Bernard Newton with accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

Also indicted are three others for inciting to riot and obstruction of justice: Andre Jordan Broussard, Marlon Leon Kelly and Jarius Lee Watson. Donald Mills was also indicted for inciting to riot.

Says DeRosier, "We want to send a message loud and clear to any would be or wanna be gang members in calcasieu parish. We will not tolerate violent gang behavior in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Anybody that participates in gang violence will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and we started that process today with this particular crime."

The DA has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty for Sean Bernard Newton.

Another suspect, Abbi Lambert...indicted for accessory after the fact, was arrested a short time ago in Lafayette.

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