BOSSIER CITY, La. – Two men were found dead Monday morning in a burning apartment in the city of Bossier with multiple stab wounds to the body, Bossier police said Thursday in a press release.
It was the first police admission to the manner of death, which KTBS reported on Monday.
In addition to the stab wounds, victims Craig Stewart, 35, and Christopher Dillard, 26, had large lacerations on their bodies, police said.
One was found in the bedroom, and the other in the living room.
The total number of homicides this year in Bossier City is up to three.
Demarquez Quintavious Walpool, 24, of Shreveport is being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility in Plain Dealing for $1.5 million. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The Bossier City Fire Department found the bodies of two men early Monday morning in response to a report of smoke coming from an upstairs apartment in the 1600 block of Joey Lane.
After the fire was extinguished, the area was secured and notified to the police. According to Sheriff Brad Zagone of the Bossier City Fire Brigade, firefighters receive special training in how to respond to fires while maintaining the integrity of the crime scene.
Walpool was arrested within 12 hours of the fire call.
“I am so proud of our entire team, including our detectives, who were able to identify a suspect and arrest these murders,” said Bossier City Sheriff Chris. Estes said in the statement. “We would like to thank our partners in the Bossier City Fire Department, as well as our entire BCPD team including the Violent Crimes Unit, patrol officers, Special Operations Services , our Property Crime Division and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force helped us get this dangerous man off the streets of Bossier City. I would also like to thank the public and the people of the City of Bossier for their assistance in responding to and investigating this crime.”
Walpool’s was once arrested in 2015 for a simple burglary. He is one of four men charged with nine counts of simple theft and possession of marijuana. Separate victims are named in official allegations to the thefts that were spread over several days in August 2015.
Walpool pleaded guilty in February 2016 to one count of simple theft. He was sentenced to six years; however, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on active probation for 5 years. But then in May 2018, Walpool’s probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his original six-year sentence with credit for the time spent behind bars.