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Man questioned about deadly shootings is freed from jail

Kenneth Gleason is shown in an undated booking photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Police believe the slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge were likely racially motivated and said Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, that they have a person of interest — Gleason— in custody. Gleason, was being held on drug charges. Authorities do not yet have enough evidence to charge him with murder, Baton Rouge Sgt. L’Jean McKneely told The Associated Press. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 23-year-old white man whom police call a “person of interest” in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, a department spokesman, said Monday that Kenneth Gleason “has not been cleared” and remains a “person of interest” in the investigation of the killings. A homicide detective’s report described Gleason as a “suspect” in the shootings.

Another department spokesman said Sunday there was a “strong possibility” that the shootings were racially motivated. On Monday, interim police chief Jonny Dunnam said in a text message that investigators “still don’t know for sure what the possible motive is.”

Gleason was released from jail on $3,500 bond late Sunday night.

 

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