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Beauregard man indicted in triple murder case

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Christopher Bounds (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office) Christopher Bounds (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office)
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BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

A Beauregard man has been indicted in a triple murder case.

The bodies of a Dry Creek woman and her two young daughters were found in a burned home on King Road in February 2011.

The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office determined that all three victims -- Patricia Kreuzberger, 40, and 10-year-old Mya and 5-year-old Nichole -- died from causes other than the fire and their deaths were classified as homicides. State Fire Marshal investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set.

According to Deputy Chief Brant Thompson, a Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office spokesperson, the indictments against 21-year-old Christopher Bounds came before noon Monday in a Beauregard Parish grand jury proceeding.

The charges are three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated arson.

Authorities said the indictments were the result of an investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office, the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office and the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.

Authorities said at the time of the fire, Bounds, then 19, was an acquaintance of the victims and lived next door to the victims' King Road residence in a home that he shared with his mother and stepfather. Bounds had lived in the home for less than a year. 

"He was always someone that was in the back of our minds. We interviewed him at the time of the fire. Of course, we didn't have enough evidence at that time to move forward," said Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses.

Scott Kreuzberger, Patricia Kreuzberger's husband and the father of the two children, was working offshore at the time of the fire, authorities said.

Bounds, who authorities said has a troubled past, was indicted earlier this year by a Beauregard Parish grand jury on unrelated charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery of a minor, aggravated burglary, aggravated second-degree battery and resisting an officer with force or violence. The incident happened in the same neighborhood, which prompted investigators to take a closer look at Bounds.

Without getting into the details of the case, Moses said there were enough similarities in the cases that gave investigators enough evidence to bring Bounds before the grand jury.

"This was a classic example of several different agencies working together to try to solve this crime. And it took us all working together to get to this point," said Moses.

Bounds is currently being held in the Beauregard Parish Jail without bond.

Authorities said the prosecution of the case will be handled by the Beauregard Parish District Attorney's Office.

Bounds is being represented by the Beauregard Parish Public Defender's Office.

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