Alexandria man's charges upgrade to second-degree murder after victim dies from burn injuries

ALEXANDRIA, La. (RPSO) - An Alexandria man, who was arrested in February after a nursing home victim was hospitalized with severe burns, has been arrested on new charges after the victim died from their injuries.

Marcus Casson | Photo Source: RPSO

On February 9, deputies responded to a local hospital in reference to a report of cruelty to the infirmed. According to the report, a patient from a local nursing home was admitted for suffering from 1st, 2nd and 3rd-degree burns over a quarter of his body. The Emergency Room Doctor advised that the patient was presented with what was believed to be injuries that were consistent with burns caused by a scalding liquid.

Marcus Ladedrick Jermaine Casson, 28, of Alexandria, was identified as a suspect. Detectives were able to develop sufficient probable cause and a warrant was granted for Casson arrest in reference cruelty to the infirm. On February 11, Casson was taken into custody without incident by members of the US Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Casson was released eight days later after posting a $10,000 bond.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries, the victim was transferred to a hospital out of the parish. On April 29, detectives were informed the victim had died as a result of complications from the injuries. Detectives established sufficient probable cause to upgrade the charge and a warrant was granted for Casson’s arrest in reference to second-degree murder.

On June 14, Casson was located in Pineville by members of the US Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force. Casson was taken into custody without incident and later booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. At the time of this release, bond had yet to be set on Casson’s new charge. Casson was also arrested in reference to an unrelated contempt of court warrant.

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