Wed, Jan 16, 2013
The Advertiser is reporting that a Carencro man who was free from jail on bond after being booked on a murder charge was back behind bars Monday, accused of aggravated battery in a Cankton bar fight.
According to booking records, Kyle Toups, 26, of Carencro was arrested Monday and detained in Lafayette for St. Landry Parish authorities on counts of second-degree aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a weapon.
According to the paper, the aggravated battery arrest resulted from the July 2011 fight in Cankton where witnesses told authorities that Toups struck the victim with his vehicle, according to Megan Vizena, public information officer for St. Landry Parish.
The arrest warrant was issued Dec. 12, 2012.
According to the paper, Toups was released from jail Nov. 15, nearly a month after his arrest in Lafayette on a second-degree murder charge. Toups was free on a $75,000 bond, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kip Judice said.
Toups was arrested Oct. 22, a few days after police found the body of Michael Luke Darby of Eunice behind a bush in the 300 block of Polk Street in downtown Lafayette. Darby had been stabbed to death.
Darby had been at a Lafayette club with friends to watch an LSU football game. Police said a group that included Toups criticized Darby for being with black friends. Witnesses reported at least two incidents before Darby disappeared.
Toups was arrested on the second-degree murder charge, and his brother, Travis Toups, was arrested later, accused of being an accessory after the fact.