'Estranged and troubled' acquaintance arrested in JPSO sergeant's homicide

'Estranged and troubled' acquaintance arrested in JPSO sergeant's homicide
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HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A man with an "estranged and troubled" relationship to the JPSO deputy who was shot and killed Sunday night is now in police custody, charged with her murder.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Office and the Tuscaloosa Police Department arrested 48-year-old James Darby on Dec. 15 in connection to the shooting death of JPSO Sergeant Tracey Marshall.

According to the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit, detectives developed Darby as a person of interest due to an "estranged and troubled relationship" he had with Marshall. JPSO detectives traveled to Tuscaloosa after receiving word of Darby's arrest on an outstanding warrant from New Orleans for violation of the sex offender registration act and enlisted the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit to help in the investigation.

During the joint investigation, detectives found probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant on Darby for Murder in Marshall's death. Darby remains in Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond pending extradition to Louisiana.

Marshall, a 10-year JPSO veteran, was shot and killed around 9:40 p.m. Dec.14 outside her apartment complex in Gretna according to the JPSO.

On Monday at about 9:45 a.m., the 911 Center received a call from a woman requesting that an officer check on a truck in the the parking lot of 2312 Ashley Drive. The caller said the truck's window was broken and hair could be seen hanging out. First responding officers located a 2010 Ford four-door pick-up truck. Marshall's body was found in the driver's seat. She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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