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GPSO arrests Daniel Aikens for 2017 murder of Keelien Lewis

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 10:52 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 at 3:40 PM CDT
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GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested 38-year-old Daniel Aikens for the Dec. 31, 2017, murder of 29-year-old Keelien Lewis of Dry Prong. Aikens is also the suspect arrested back in January for the explosion outside of Payday Today in Alexandria. He faces a charge of second-degree murder for the death of Lewis. A warrant was obtained back on July 27.

According to the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lewis died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide poisoning. Aikens was Lewis’ employer at a lawn business he operated called “Just What You’re Expecting.” He worked for him for about three weeks. Investigators said in a Tuesday press conference that Aikens took out a $250,000 insurance policy on Lewis and that was the motive. His mother Lakishama Shawn Lewis explained,

Lewis’ mother described him as “happy-go-lucky...always had a smile.” He leaves behind two daughters and a son.

“Keelien was a quiet man with a big smile. Very lovable, very family-oriented. It’s been me and Keelien since Keelien was born, and then he had kids. My parents, we kept a close-knit family and our extended family and our church family, that was our community and our circle. Keelien was just a family guy a joy to be around.”

Lakishama Shawn Lewis, Victim's Mother

Lewis’s Grandmother echoed the description,

“Very lovable and he gets along with everybody. He loves children, he loves people, he loves family, he has a lot of friends. He’s not no gangsterous kind of person. He’s just good people and down to earth well raised, church raised person. For it to happen like that it’s really it’s devastating.”

Vera Joyce Holt, Victim's Grandmother
GPSO Press Conference

Happening Now: GPSO is holding a press conference on a murder case that they just obtained a warrant for. FBI and ATF agents, as well as APD and State Police, are there as well.

Posted by KALB News Channel 5 on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Aikens is still awaiting his federal trial for the January explosion case in Alexandria in which he faces a charge of “making a threat by mail or telephone.” That trial was supposed to begin this week, but was continued without date back in June due to COVID-19.

“It was a targeted, and well thought out plan on Aikens’ part to kill him for money and that’s the bottom line. He killed this guy for greed and for money. Now this is my opinion that it’s the true epitome of evil that you’re willing to take another human’s life for a dollar bill.”

Grant Parish Sheriff Steven Mccain
Keelien Darquis Lewis (victim)
Keelien Darquis Lewis (victim)(GPSO)

“I just like to thank all the agencies that were involved in the investigation, because without the cooperation of all the agencies, including Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office, this may not have led to a successful outcome. So just thank you to all the agencies involved and hopefully this is going to turn out to be a very successful resolution.”

Jared Medaries, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of FBI Monroe & Alexandria Resident Agencies

RELATED: New details released as to how investigators tracked down Daniel Aikens / Daniel Aikens charged with making threat by telephone / DOJ: Daniel Aikens charged with extortion, detonation of pipe bombs in Alexandria / Bombing suspect Daniel Aikens at Grant Parish Courthouse for unrelated charges

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