GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Investigators believe the Raising Cane's store manager stabbed to death in June recognized her accused killer.
During a court hearing Monday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office lead investigator Brad Ricke said events from the initial stabbing to when the suspects left the restaurant are all caught on the store's video surveillance.
Ricke's testimony gave enough probable cause for the arrest of Joshua Every, Mark Crocklen, Gregory Donald and Ariana Runner, according to Judge Paul Schneider. The four are accused of conspiring to rob the Raising Cane's restaurant on Williams Boulevard in Kenner.
Investigators say the armed robbery turned deadly when Every stabbed the store manager, 21-year-old Taylor Friloux, several times.
The incident started when one of the employees went to take out the trash around 1 a.m. on June 29. Investigators say Every and Donald had the employee at knife-point when Friloux came outside.
Every and Donald are then accused of forcing Friloux to the back door of the restaurant and demanding that she open the door and give them the store's money.
When another employee from inside the business came to open the door, investigators said Every stabbed Friloux, apparently because she recognized him, even though Every and Donald were wearing bandannas and hoodies.
Every is a former employee of the store, according to detectives.
Ricke said surveillance shows Every stabbing Friloux when he entered the building.
Detectives say after the two stole about $1000 from the store, Donald left but Every stopped over Friloux, who was lying on the floor, and stabbed her several more times.
Friloux died soon after.
Detectives say two other employees recognized Every, and during the robbery one of the employees said, "Joshua, what are you doing?"
Ricke said, "It is our belief that Every knew Ms. Friloux would bring the trash out that night instead of the store's policy of bringing out the garbage the next day."
Every and Donald face multiple charges, including first-degree murder.
The accused getaway driver, Crocklen, and the woman accused of recruiting a team to commit the armed robbery, Runner, face charges that include second-degree murder.
Investigators said Crocklen, Donald and Runner told officers they only agreed to an armed robbery, not a murder.
Every told detectives that Donald stabbed Friloux, but investigators said the surveillance video shows a distinct difference in Donald's and Every's height and weight, and they said Every was the one who stabbed Friloux.
Family members of Taylor Friloux attended the court hearing but declined to talk on camera.