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Multi-parish shooting spree suspect indicted in Ascension Parish, faces additional charges in Livingston & EBR

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 1:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Matthew Mire has been indicted on charges in Ascension Parish shortly after Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes added the charges the shooting spree suspect is facing.

Officials in Ascension Parish have indicted Mire on several charges. Authorities identified him as the suspect in a multi-parish shooting spree that killed two people and sent three others to the hospital. Court officials said Mire faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was denied bond for those charges, court officials added.

Mire also faces a long list of other charges, which include: armed robbery, illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of stolen goods, and aggravated flight from an officer. A court official said Mire was given a $1 million bond for that group of charges.

According to officials in Livingston Parish, Mire will face new charges there. They include home invasion, vehicle burglary, and vehicle theft.

He also faces new charges of illegal possession of stolen firearms, obstruction of justice, and resisting an officer, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. More charges are listed below.

Mire, 31, went before a judge Tuesday, Oct. 12, in East Baton Rouge Parish for an initial bond hearing. The judge decided that his bond is denied.

Mire is accused of going on a multi-parish shooting spree Saturday that left two people dead, including a Louisiana State Police master trooper. LSP said Mire was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He was booked on charges of attempted first-degree and aggravated flight from an officer. He faces other charges in Ascension and Livingston parishes.

Mire’s initial appearance was held by Zoom. Mire was scheduled to be the first defendant to go before the judge but a representative for the EBR Prison told the judge he was on lockdown so she requested that he go before the judge later during the hearing.

Mire’s attorneys argued to get a preliminary hearing set as soon as possible in the case. The judge explained that the state has a certain number of days for the matter to be brought before a grand jury to reach a possible indictment. In order to preserve Mire’s rights, the judge decided to set that hearing date for December 1, 2021.

According to the arrest warrant, detectives with Louisiana State Police tried to interview Mire at the hospital but he refused. The document stated Mire asked troopers standing guard about the condition of another trooper and reportedly said, “I didn’t mean to but the guy was watching the house.”

The warrant added detectives believe Mire was referring to Gaubert and his location, which was near Dutton Road, where Pamela Adair was killed and a man was seriously wounded.

Mire is scheduled to appear before a judge in Ascension and Livingston Parish courts next week.

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC), an independent non-profit organization, has been appointed to represent Matthew Mire.

The group is often contracted by the state public defender’s office to represent indigent defendants accused of capital crimes, which are offenses that carry a possible death penalty.

According to the LCAC’s website, the group “strives to begin representation of these individuals at the first possible opportunity post-offense so as not to lose the chance to assert critical rights and preserve relevant evidence.”

LCAC Capital Attorney Russell Barksdale has been assigned to the Mire case.

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