Father, son arrested in connection with Harvey murder

Father, son arrested in connection with Harvey murder
Keyon Smith (Source: JPSO)
Keyon Smith (Source: JPSO)

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - Two suspects were arrested Friday in connection with the murder of a man in Harvey.

Keyon Robin, 34, and Keyon Smith, 18, both of Lorene Drive in Harvey, face second-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 15 death of 39 year-old Brian Rodrigue, who was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Apache Drive in Harvey.

Robin was arrested in New Orleans by members of the U.S. Marshall's Gulf Coast Regional Task Force.  He was booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive from Jefferson Parish.

On Tuesday (Aug. 17), investigators received information that Robin, a known drug supplier, was seen driving his white Pontiac Grand Am with dark tinted windows in the area of Apache Drive shortly before Rodrigue was killed, according to a JPSO news release. A search warrant executed at his home located Robin along with marijuana and powdered cocaine, investigators said. Investigators also located Robin's Pontiac Grand Am, which was towed as evidence.

Detectives said under questioning, Robin admitted he would routinely sell heroin to the victim, but he denied any involvement in his murder. He then invoked his rights and requested an attorney. He was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He posted bond and was released.

As the investigation continued, detectives met with Keyon Robin's son, Keyon Smith. During questioning, Smith told investigators that Robin ordered him to shoot Rodrigue. He said Robin drove him to the victim's home, and he confronted Rodrigue, firing multiple shots from a semi-auto handgun. Smith told detectives that Rodrigue was still breathing as he ran back to the car.  Smith told detectives he gave the handgun to Robin as they drove away from the scene.

At the conclusion of his interview, Keyon Smith was booked into the JPCC on one count of second-degree murder. The weapon has not been recovered.

Investigators said Robin has a criminal history with arrests for resisting an officer, interfering with a police officer, crack possession, possession of marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm, possession and distribution of a Legend Drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, contraband inside a correctional facility, possession of a SCH II CDS and possession of heroin.

Smith's criminal history includes arrests for assault on a public servant and assault causing bodily injury.

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