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Sheriff: Man kills woman, shoots brother, commits drive-by during 36-hour crime spree

Brian Anthony, 30 (Source: TPSO) Brian Anthony, 30 (Source: TPSO)
TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office released new details Thursday about the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old woman and the alleged circumstances that led to her death.

Brian Anthony II, 30, of Albany, faces charges including second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for an alleged crime spree that took place within 36 hours.

The sheriff’s office says it started Tuesday morning around 4:50 a.m. when Anthony and the murder victim, 27-year-old Heather Cox got into an argument while riding in a car on Briarpatch Rd. in Amite.

Anthony told officers he shot Cox and dumped her body in the middle of the intersection at Bell Rd., the sheriff’s office said.

Anthony then drove the car to an undisclosed location and took the victim’s money and illegal narcotics. He then drove the car to a grassy area on Hwy. 1054 near Cox’s residence and set the vehicle on fire, investigators said.

Anthony then entered a pick-up truck that was stolen from an address on Hwy. 22 in Ponchatoula. He traveled toward Hammond where his brother was visiting. While on the way, he called the brother with intentions of luring him out of his house and into the roadway, investigators said.

Anthony allegedly told officers he thought about killing his brother and wanted him near the road so he could shoot him with the same weapon he used to kill Cox.

The brother was shot in the arm around 9 a.m. and taken to an area hospital where he was later released.

Four hours earlier, deputies and firefighters responded to the burning car not knowing it was linked to the death of Cox. A preliminary investigation conducted at the crime scene led detectives to believe that both cases were related.  Subsequently, investigators were able to place both the suspect and Cox in the vehicle just moments before she was shot and dumped on the roadway.

Anthony later told investigators he went back to the residence of Kristy Iverstine, 35 and Cole Cleveland, 35, on Robertson Rd. in Tickfaw.

Cleveland, who allegedly knew Anthony was wanted for the shootings, brought the suspect to a residence on Bell Rd. where he discarded the weapon, which he stole from his stepfather, officers said.

Anthony remained at the Bell Rd. residence until 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

During this time, Anthony stole another vehicle from a residence on Cooper Rd. and obtained a loaded .25 caliber handgun.  Anthony then traveled back to Cleveland and KIverstine’s residence where he received money for his planned get-a-away, deputies said.

After leaving Cleveland’s residence, Anthony traveled to a residence on Hwy. 442 in Livingston Parish where he committed a drive-by shooting.  Ae is accused of firing several shots at the residence.  The motive is an ongoing feud involving multiple stolen vehicles, investigators said. No one was injured.

Shortly after committing the alleged drive-by shooting, deputies spotted him on Wardline Rd. He was taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, Anthony was in possession of the .25 caliber handgun, methamphetamine and $900.   Anthony also led detectives to the murder weapon.

Iverstine and Cleveland were arrested and charged with obstruction of justice involving a death which has a maximum penalty of 40 years.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said that additional arrests are forthcoming. 

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