Two charged in Louisiana truck driver's slaying

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Two Louisiana men have been indicted for the August armed robbery and murder of a truck driver at a Baton Rouge gas station.

Phillip Carter, 21, and a 17-year-old, were charged on Dec. 6 with the second-degree murder and armed robbery of 43-year-old Bobby Nelson of Denham Springs, LA, according to the indictment. Nelson was a driver for Dupre Logistics, a police spokesman told Land Line.

Baton Rouge police found Nelson on the ground next to his truck at a Chevron station just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 7. He told officers he had been approached by two suspects who robbed him and was shot by one of them. Police said Nelson was shot multiple times.

Carter and the juvenile, both of Port Allen, LA, were located by K-9 officers and arrested later that day. Nelson died two days later from his injuries.

Both face automatic life imprisonment without probation, parole or suspension of sentence on the second-degree murder charge. The armed robbery charge carries 10 to 99 years imprisonment, according to prosecutor Chris Hester of the East Baton Rouge Parish. The juvenile will be tried in adult court, Hester added.

The arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 12.

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