Juvenile facing charges in weekend death of pawn shop employee

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A third person is under arrest, charged with murder in the weekend death of a pawn shop employee.

Police say the suspect is a 15-year-old. He's in the Caddo Juvenile Detention Center facing a charge of first degree murder.

Twenty-one-year-old Tarsa Cooley and 30-year-old Jarred Hullaby are already in jail on first degree murder charges following a crime spree that ended with the death of 30-year-old Matthew Robert. Police say he was shot and killed as the trio robbed Max's Pawn Shop on Linwood Avenue.

From June 16
By Ben Wolf - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -  Police have charged 21-year-old Tarsa Ray Cooley and 30-year-old Jarred Hullaby with first degree murder in connection with a pawn shop shooting in Shreveport's Cedar Grove neighborhood.

Many people are asking why these men were on streets in the first place.

"They should do like they do in third world countries. Cut their hands off," said Cedar Grove resident Gwendolyn Rasco.

Rasco isn't surprised both Cooley and Hullaby had prior charges on their record before police say they murdered a pawn shop clerk.

"I've lived in California, I've lived in Texas and I've lived here and they're just not stiff enough," she said.

Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche says you have to look at the facts.  He says authorities in Louisiana lock up more criminals per capita than anywhere in the world.

"I don't want people getting the misconception that a lot of criminals walking the streets because we're not strict enough in this state and this parish because it's not true," said Carmouche.

Shreveport police say they arrested Jarred Hullaby six times before the pawn shop incident, including once in 2002 on a second degree murder charge.

Carmouche says a grand jury no billed the case, saying Hullaby shot a much bigger man in self defense.

"The grand jury looked at it and they said self defense and if the public wants to say the D.A. is to blame for getting off for that, they need to look at the whole thing," explained Carmouche.

Shreveport police say they arrested Cooley in 2006 for possession of marijuana and in 2007 for second degree battery.

Carmouche says Cooley served a three-year hard labor sentence with a suspended 18 months probation.

"Even if he would have gotten the max, it would have been five years. That's all you can get for second degree battery," said Carmouche.

The District Attorney says if he gets a good case on both Cooley and Hullaby, he is going to "slam them" in trial.