Man accused of killing JPSO deputy returns to Gretna

Man accused of killing JPSO deputy returns to Gretna

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of killing JPSO Sergeant Tracey Marshall is back in Jefferson Parish.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old James Darby was extradited from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Friday night and is now being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on one count of Second Degree Murder.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Office and the Tuscaloosa Police Department arrested  Darby on Dec. 15 in connection to the shooting death Tracey Marshall. Darby is allegedly an ex-boyfriend who had an "estranged and troubled" relationship to the JPSO officer.

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.

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