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Louisiana Man Charged With Twin Brother's Murder In Beating Death
Timothy Paul Pitts, 56, allegedly phoned a witness and stated that his twin brother, Daniel Pitts’ “eyes would not open,” according to arrest documents.
A Baton Rouge man has been charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his twin brother, according to reports.
Timothy Paul Pitts, 56, was jailed on Tuesday in connection with the suspected murder of his twin, Daniel Pitts, who died late last month after being hospitalized for several weeks.
On Sept. 16, police were dispatched to an address on Wallis Street after reports of an assault. A witness tipped off police that Timothy Pitts had just called her, allegedly stating that his twin brother Daniel was “not doing good” and that “his eyes would not open,” per court documents, The Advocate reported. Authorities officially launched an investigation into the crime on Sept. 26.
Daniel Pitts, who sustained severe head injuries in the alleged attack, was later rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, his twin sibling, Timothy Pitts, was charged with attempted murder. Daniel Pitts ultimately succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 29, according to ABC affiliate WBRZ.
An autopsy later determined Daniel Pitts died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, Baton Rouge television station WAFB reported citing an autopsy report.
Following the death of Daniel Pitts, charges against his twin brother were upgraded to second-degree murder.
A motive hasn’t been released by authorities in Daniel Pitts’ alleged murder. No other information was immediately available. The case remains open and active. Oxygen.com has reached out to the Baton Rouge Police Department for comment regarding the investigation.
The murder marked the 81st homicide in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2022, according to The Advocate.
Pitts is being held at an East Baton Rouge detention facility pending his trial, according to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. No upcoming court date information was immediately available for him. It’s unclear if he’s retained legal counsel to comment on his behalf.