UPDATE: One arrest made in Sorrento murder

UPDATE: One arrest made in Sorrento murder
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POSTED: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 8:24pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATE: Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley issued and update no the case clarifying an error on his previous report. He now  reports the arrest of a Baton Rouge man for the murder of Gerald “Butta” Wilkins that occurred on Saturday, January 12 on LV Road in Sorrento.

“Wilkins was found shot to death on the side of the road in what appeared to be an execution style slaying” Wiley said. The victim was also from Baton Rouge.

According to Sheriff Wiley, a team of detectives were able to determine that the suspects, Calvin “Dirt” Williams and Cecil “Unc” Beals, were associates of the victim and that all three were together in Baton Rouge just prior to the homicide.

“They drove into Ascension Parish, got gas at a local filling station, drove to LV Rd, committed the murder, then returned to Baton Rouge,” Wiley indicated.

“We also know that in this same time frame, the suspects made several unanswered calls to a local resident who lives on Panama Road near its intersection with LV Road,” Wiley said. Detectives questioned the resident, 37-year-old Shawn Aikens, and also ran a search warrant at his home on the January 15. During the search, drugs and guns were found and he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of CDS, and illegal carrying of a weapon.

Wiley indicated that the motive for the murder was unclear but that the suspects were obviously involved in the illegal drug trade. He also noted that the suspects have extensive criminal records.

According to Wiley, Williams is a convicted felon who has been arrested 21 times since 1993 including an arrest in 2006 for attempted second-degree murder and in 2007 for first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. His arrest record indicates he has also been arrested several times for robbery, armed robbery, and drug charges.

Wiley said that Beals’ has been arrested 29 times since 1978 and he is also a convicted felon. His arrest record includes charges of burglary, theft, forgery, and drug charges.

Beals’, 53, of Baton Rouge, was arrested on January 18 by Ascension Parish detectives and was booked into the Ascension Parish jail on one count of second-degree murder. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail for failure to appear in court for a traffic violation.

Calvin “Dirt” Williams, 37, still remains at large and is wanted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for one count of second-degree murder. His last known address is 1138 Round Hill Drive, Baton Rouge which is an abandoned home with no utilities.

Sheriff Wiley acknowledged the assistance of Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the State Police Crime Lab, and the Louisiana State Police who provided assistance in the investigation.

"It is vital that the 'zip code' thug mentality that permeates areas of the inner city does not take root in Ascension Parish. We will do our part to meet it and head on whenever we have these types of crime in our community,” added Sheriff Wiley.

Anyone with further information on the homicide and the whereabouts of Williams is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
 

Original: Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reports the arrest of two Baton Rouge men for the murder of Gerald "Butta" Wilkins that occurred on Saturday, January 12 on LV Road in Sorrento.

"Wilkins was found shot to death on the side of the road in what appeared to be an execution style slaying" Wiley said.

According to Sheriff Wiley, a team of detectives were able to determine that the suspects, Calvin "Dirt" Williams and Cecil "Unc" Beals, were associates of the victim and that all three were together in Baton Rouge just prior to the homicide.

"They drove into Ascension Parish, got gas at a local filling station, drove to LV Rd, committed the murder, then returned to Baton Rouge," Wiley indicated.

"We also know that in this same time frame, the suspects made several unanswered calls to a local resident who lives on Panama Road near its intersection with LV Road," Wiley said. Detectives questioned the resident, 37-year-old Shawn Aikens, and also ran a search warrant at his home on the January 15. During the search, drugs and guns were found and he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of CDS, and illegal carrying of a weapon.

Wiley indicated that the motive for the murder was unclear but that the suspects were obviously involved in the illegal drug trade. He also noted that the suspects have extensive criminal records.

According to Wiley, Williams is a convicted felon who has been arrested 21 times since 1993 including an arrest in 2006 for attempted second-degree murder and in 2007 for first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. His arrest record indicates he has also been arrested several times for robbery, armed robbery, and drug charges.

Wiley said that Beals' has been arrested 29 times since 1978 and he is also a convicted felon. His arrest record includes charges of burglary, theft, forgery, and drug charges.

Beals', 53, of Baton Rouge, was arrested on January 18 by Ascension Parish detectives and was booked into the Ascension Parish jail on one count of second-degree murder. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail for failure to appear in court for a traffic violation.

Calvin "Dirt" Williams, 37, still remains at large and is wanted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for one count of second-degree murder. His last known address is 1138 Round Hill Drive, Baton Rouge which is an abandoned home with no utilities.

Sheriff Wiley acknowledged the assistance of Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the State Police Crime Lab, and the Louisiana State Police who provided assistance in the investigation.

"It is vital that the 'zip code' thug mentality that permeates areas of the inner city does not take root in Ascension Parish. We will do our part to meet it and head on whenever we have these types of crime in our community," added Sheriff Wiley.

Anyone with further information on the homicide and the whereabouts of Williams is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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