BRPD make arrest in early March Pearl St. double shooting

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Mugshot of David Franklin

The Baton Rouge Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a double shooting that took place at 1280 1/2 Pearl St. on March 4 that left one man dead.

David Franklin, 26, has been charged with First Degree Murder, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm with CDS and Felon in Possession of a Fire A Firearm.

On March 4, at around 2:30 a.m. BRPD arrived on scene to find 26-year-old Joshua Johnson with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the driveway of the residence. On the inside, 25-year-old Keandre Wolf was found dead, also with multiple gunshot wounds. At the time detectives said shooting appeared to be drug related, after Johnson told authorities that the suspect came into the apartment, shot and robbed them.

Crime Scene Techs collected evidence that lead detectives to develop two co-suspects. A ballistics report showed that the Glock .40 used in the crime matched one that Franklin had been found in possession on a year prior. The weapon was released to Franklin’s girlfriend, and had not sense been reported stolen. After obtaining a warrant for the girlfriends address, authorities found the defendant at the address. The gun was located.

The girlfriend told investigators that on the night of the murder the defendant was with her when she fell asleep, but when she woke up, her vehicle and Franklin were gone. Upon a search of the girlfriends phone, messages revealed that there was an early morning conversation in which the girlfriend told Franklin she didn’t want someone named “Med” in her car. “Med” was identified as Ahmed Muhammed, the other suspect in the case. Muhammed was killed on March 5, just a day after this shooting occurred.

Shell casings found in the front yard of the home from New Year’s Eve also matched the gun used in the crime. Franklin was also found in possession of suspected crack cocaine. Franklin was arrested and booked into the EBR Parish Prison.

BRPD wants the public to know that a Crime Stoppers Tip aided in this investigation. Anyone with information relative to this incident or any other crime is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. Individuals may be eligible for a cash reward.

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