Slain Coushatta man's family fights to get charges upgraded
COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) - The family of a slain Coushatta man is enlisting the help of the NAACP in their fight to have charges upgraded against the two men arrested in connection with his death.
Earl Moore's relatives allege he was hunted like an animal and gunned down.
He died after being shot multiple times the afternoon of March 30 outside Red River Estates apartment homes on Riddle Street.
Red River Sheriff's investigators arrested 34-year-old Daniel Waites and his father, 60-year-old Carrel Waites, both of Ringgold.
Investigators think the younger Waites was the shooter. He's been charged with second-degree murder.
His father is charged with principal to second-degree murder.
Both remain in the Red River Parish Jail in Coushatta.
Moore's family wants the charges upgraded to first-degree murder and principal to first-degree murder.
A representative of the Red River Parish district attorney's office said they cannot comment on open cases and referred to the Louisiana statute on first-degree murder in an attempt to provide a better understanding of the charge.
A woman who lives in the apartment homes recalled seeing two men jump out of a truck and go up to Moore, who was sitting in a chair.
She said the younger man said "What's up?" to Moore, who replied "What's up."
Then the man started shooting, the woman said.
Moore ran from the shooter and made it to a car. Its occupants rushed him to Christus Coushatta Health Care Center, the hospital where he died.
Moore's relatives claim the men in the truck had been hunting him down for days over allegations that Moore had stolen a gun and money from Daniel Waites.
A police report Daniel Waites filed a day and a half before the slaying does not name the person he thinks took his property.
Witnesses said the father and son had been knocking on doors at all hours of the night asking whether Moore was in their homes.
"If he had a gun, you think he would have let them people shoot him," said Carla Moore, the slain man's mother. "No, he didn't have no gun."
Angela Wilson, another relative of Moore, said she was hanging out at the apartment complex that day and saw two men walking around with guns.
She remembers people scrambling after hearing the gunshots.
The Shreveport branch of the NAACP backs the family in their quest to get the charges against the Waiteses upgraded.
"Why would you drive from Ringgold to come to Coushatta and gun down a young man behind a gun?" asked Ringgold native Lloyd Thompson, president of the NAACP's Shreveport branch.
"There are laws behind that, that say he stole a gun, let's find out where the gun is at, return it and move on."
Moore's family says they won't stop fighting for justice.
"My heart hurting, my kids hurting, my sister hurting, somebody got to feel this pain, somebody got to feel this pain," Moore's aunt Lajuan Asmar said.
A March for Earl Moore will be held at 11 a.m. April 15 in Coushatta. Moore's family said they will march from Christus Coushatta Health Care Center, 1635 Marvel St., to the steps of the Red River Parish Courthouse, 615 E Carrol St.
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