Two Suspects Arrested in Connection to Murder Investigation

Date: October 27, 2017

Ahkemon Bardell Jr

Branden Clegg

Detectives with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office have arrested two suspects in connection with a shooting on February 15, 2017 in Reserve that resulted in the death of Andrew Jasmine, 29, of LaPlace.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives identified Ahkemon Jacob Bardell Jr., 21, of Harvey, and Branden Clegg, 22, of Houston as suspects in Jasmine’s murder.

Bardell was charged September 26, 2017 when he was already in custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation. He was booked with second degree murder (felony) and armed robbery with a firearm (felony). Bardell was transferred to the custody of the SJSO October, 1, 2017 and is being held at the St. Charles Parish Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

Clegg was charged August 31, 2017 when he was already in the custody of the SJSO for a probation violation. He was booked with conspiracy to second degree murder and conspiracy to armed robbery. He is being held in lieu of an $850,000 bond.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, about 8:30 a.m., deputies responded to a complaint in the 2000 block of East Frisco Drive in LaPlace in reference to a man not breathing. Deputies and emergency services responded to the scene. Upon arrival, deputies and detectives learned a male subject, identified as Jasmine, 29, of LaPlace, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office. The residence also had been ransacked.

Based on investigation, the motive for the shooting appears to be a premeditated robbery of Jasmine.

This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests may be made. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS, SJSO dispatch at 985-652-6338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.


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