A man already in jail charged with setting fire to Simone Robin’s mobile home Saturday afternoon now faces a count of second-degree murder in the 19-year-old’s death.
Brandon Boutte, 25, is charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of obstruction of justice. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators say Robin was shot early Thursday morning in the mobile home and that Boutte set fire to it to hide evidence of the crime.
Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal began an investigation into the fire shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Bayou Mercier Road in Catahoula.
Saturday evening the SMPSO was notified that deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office located the body of an unidentified female, now known to be Robin, who appeared to be the victim of a homicide. Investigators were able to determine that the cases involving the fire and Robin were connected.
Investigators initially arrested Boutte early Sunday morning and booked him into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on one count of simple arson and for failure to appear in an unrelated case.
After further investigation, Boutte was charged with murder late Monday evening,
Brandon Boutte’s cousin, Toby Boutte, 22, of Sunset, was arrested and charged with one count of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. Both men are currently held in the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. Brandon Boutte’s Bond has been set at $1,050.000. Toby Boutte’s bond has been set at $100,000.
The investigation remains ongoing.