EXCLUSIVE: Friend of triple homicide suspect says he believes murder is something the accused is capable of

“If this is true I’ll probably still be friends with him”

Patrick McCarron says he and Michael Wade have been friends for nearly two decades.

“When I found out I was shocked.” McCarron said.

McCarron says his father lives down the street from Wade.

“This is kind of a surprise because every time I see him he’s in a good mood,” he said.

McCarron says this morning he woke up to devasting news.


“I was in total shock I didn’t know what had happened,” he said.


According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office, two women and one man were killed in an overnight shooting.


Early Thursday morning deputies arrested Wade in connection to the triple homicide. 


“When things like this happen, I think people have a good side and they can have a bad side,” he said.


Investigators say 35-year-old Christa Sudduth was one of the victims. 


Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says a 14-year-old boy called police and told them his mother’s ex-boyfriend came into the home and started shooting. 

The ex-boyfriend was identified by police as Wade who is now facing three counts of first-degree murder. 


“Sometimes when people get angry and emotional, they do things they regret,” he said. 


According to McCarron, Wade, who is married, was very vocal about his infidelity.  


“I find it kind of uncomfortable sometimes because I know the guy is married and he’s talking about the women just between us guys,” he said.


If convicted McCarron says he does not see his relationship with Wade ending 


“If this is true, I’ll probably still be friends with him,” he said. �*

When asked if he believes that Wade is capable of murder McCarron responded “honestly, yes.”

Investigators say 35-year-old Christa Sudduth, 72-year-old Ruby White (Sudduth’s grandmother), and 32-year-old Ivy Frank were all killed in the shooting.

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