Lafayette man charged in 3 Baton Rouge slayings

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 9:33 PM

A man was charged Wednesday with killing three women in Baton Rouge, the first in 1999, and is a suspect in several other unsolved murders in the city, authorities said.

Jeffery Lee Guillory, 43, was booked on three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Florida Edwards, 36, in 1999, Sylvia Cobb, 36, in 2001 and Renee Newman, 46, in 2002.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said Guillory was originally identified as a possible suspect in the Cobb killing when his fingerprint was found at the scene. Additional scientific testing resulted in Guillory's DNA being matched to evidence at the Edwards and Newman crime scenes, police said.

Kelly said Guillory is a suspect in several other unsolved killings of women in Baton Rouge that occurred during the late 1990s and early 2000s and plan to discuss the arrest further at a news conference on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a multi-agency task force in Jefferson Davis Parish, where the slayings of eight women are under investigation, has had Guillory on its "radar" since May 2007, said Sheriff Richard "Ricky" Edwards Sr.

However, Edwards noted that Guillory has been jailed on unrelated charges since Jan. 25, 2008, and, therefore, could not be responsible for the four most recent killings.

Edwards would not say whether Guillory has been ruled out in the slayings of the other four women but that the task force was still working.

Kelly did not know whether Guillory had an attorney for the new cases.