Two men from Gloster and one from Firerson have been booked into the DeSoto Parish jail on first degree murder charges, after they allegedly bound the hands of a home-invasion victim, who was found dead on a bedroom floor in his Gloster home.
Malcolm Wayne Hall, 24, and Martavia King, 21 of Gloster, and Dalduran Jamar Brandon, 25, of Frierson, were arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of 79-year-old Nathaniel Cash, who was found dead with his hands bound behind his back in a rear bedroom of his residence.
DeSoto Parish deputies Tuesday (Feb. 18) discovered Cash’s body, hands bound behind his back, on the floor in the rear bedroom of his residence, after responding to a 9 a.m. call from a family member reporting a robbery at Cash’s home on Hines Road in Gloster.
The residence had been ransacked but it is unknown at this time what items maybe missing, Cash lived alone and family members indicated he did not keep any significant amounts of money, though the motive appears to be robbery.
About two weeks ago, Cash reported a home invasion after awakening to discover a suspect inside his residence. The suspect fled, and Cash, unable to identify the suspect, could only give a vague physical description.
Cash was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Monday, At this time, investigators believe the break-in occurred late Monday night. Investigators processed the crime scene, and conducted and are continuing to conduct follow up interviews and tips as they come in. One of those tips was that a suspicious white vehicle was seen in the area of Cash’s home on two occasions late Monday night.
Investigators were able to identify this vehicle, along with the three suspects who now have been charged Cash’s death. All three suspects confessed to their involvement in the break in; their motive was robbery, as they believed the victim had a large amount of money.
One of the suspects choked the victim while he was being tied up, and later threatened him with a pistol. Preliminary autopsy reports indicate the victim died of a heart attack as result of the physical assault. One of the suspects, Malcom Hall, admitted to being involved in the previous reported break in and fleeing when the victim saw him.
The only items taken from the residence was a pistol the victim had near his bed and a small amount of change, investigators are reviewing the case and other charges with the District Attorney’s office.
DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Johnson today said he has not as yet received the files on the suspects, but after reviewing them, he plans to convene a special grand jury to consider the charges. Johnson said if that grand jury hands down first degree murder indictments, he will then consider whether to ask for the death penalty. In Louisiana, there are only two penalties for first degree murder convictions – the death penalty or life in prison without possibility off parole, probation or suspension of sentence.