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Suspect in officer-involved shooting awaiting trial in Poche case

Posted: 5:26 PM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 19:47:16-04

The man shot by Jeanerette city marshals last week is in jail today; he’s also awaiting trial in the Howard Poche case.

Jeffery Marks
Courtesy IPSO

Jeffery Lee Marks, 25, was shot May 30 after he allegedly fled from a marshal who was trying to pull him over. At a dead end, Marks allegedly brandished a gun and was shot while running away from marshals. State Police are investigating the incident.

Marks, after being treated and released from a local hospital, has been booked into the Iberia Parish jail on multiple charges: possession of stolen property, aggravated flight form an officer, felon in possession of a gun, illegal possession of stolen firearms, possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving under suspension and aggravated assault with a firearm.

He has no bond set; he already was out on bond for his previous charges and generally there’s a condition of any bond that the person not commit another crime, which means the court may revoke his bond in the Poche case in light of this recent arrest.

At the time of his arrest last week, Jeanerette city marshals said Marks is wanted for several burglaries in multiple parishes.

Marks also is facing trial this fall in the 2016 death of Howard Poche, 75. Marks was booked with second-degree murder by police, but was charged by prosecutors with manslaughter, armed robbery and home invasion.

Poche’s was found stuffed in a garbage can in the backyard of his Jeanerette home a few days after he went missing on Christmas. In addition to Marks, Poche’s cleaning lady, Michelle King was arrested and booked with principal to first-degree murder and Brady Rogers, 18, and Roy Verret, 49, were booked with first-degree murder.

At the time of the crime, police said that only King had a connection to Poche, but that she was connected to Marks. She initially was arrested at the abandoned house where Poche’s missing bicycle was found and booked on trespassing and drug charges. The month after the slaying, the murder charge was added.

Rogers was arrested and booked with Marks, just days after Poche’s body was found. Verret was arrested the following April.

King was formally charged with first-degree murder. She has no court date set. Her attorneys have argued that she did not kill Poche; they allege in court documents that Marks admitted to killing Poche, with the assistance of Verret, and while King was present she didn’t hurt Poche. She remains in the Iberia Parish jail in lieu of $551,000 bond.

The charges against Rogers have been dropped; records indicate he is expected to testify in the case. Records also indicate it is alleged he wasn’t present when Poche was killed.

Verret was formally charged with manslaughter. He has a motions date in July.

Marks’ trial on the manslaughter charge is set for November 12.