Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lockport Police Chief Warren Vedros announced David Brown (W/M, D.O.B. 11/14/77) has been charged with three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of a Lockport mother and her two daughters on November 4, 2012. Brown has also been charged with attempted murder, aggravated rape and aggravated arson in the incident which resulted in the deaths of 29-year-old Jacquelin Nieves and her two daughters, seven-year-old Gabriela Nieves and 20-month-old Izabela Nieves.
Brown was booked with the additional charges at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Wednesday, January 23. He was already in jail having been arrested on November 4 for an incident that occurred earlier that morning. He was on probation at the time of his arrest and, therefore, has been ineligible for release.
Through investigation, detectives learned that during the early morning hours of Sunday, November 4, Brown entered Nieves apartment and proceeded upstairs armed with a knife. Detectives believe Brown then allegedly entered a bedroom and sexually assaulted two of the victims before stabbing all three victims several times each. It is believed that he subsequently set the apartment ablaze and fled the scene.
Detectives learned Carlos Nieves Jr., Jacquelin’s husband and father to Gabriela and Izabela, had been asleep downstairs in the apartment during the entire incident. Brown is charged with the attempted murder of Carlos Nieves Jr. due to the fact that Carlos was asleep when the fire was set. He eventually awoke and called 9-1-1. Officers and firefighters responded to the scene where they discovered the bodies of the three victims in the upstairs bedroom.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives discovered a knife thought to be the weapon used on the victims. Detectives also collected DNA evidence at the crime scene which was determined to be a positive match for David Brown’s DNA.
Sheriff Craig Webre praised the work of investigators during the last few months. “I want to commend the detectives of our Criminal Investigations Division that devoted their time and dedication to this case,” said Webre. “With the sheer amount of evidence, the time spent processing the crime scene, and the delay of obtaining the DNA test results, this case required patience and diligence on the part of investigators. We now turn this case over to the District Attorney’s office with the utmost confidence in our findings.” Sheriff Webre also thanked investigators with the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center and the Lockport Police Department, as well as the Lockport Volunteer Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, for their assistance in the investigation.
In addition to charges stemming from his arrest on November 4, Brown is now additionally charged with three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of aggravated rape, and one count of aggravated arson. His bond has now increased to $3.31 million as set by Judge John LeBlanc.
Brown has an extensive and violent criminal history dating back to 1994. Prior to Brown’s arrest on November 4, 2012, he had been arrested 28 times. In April 1996, Brown was arrested for attempted second degree murder, but later agreed to plead guilty to an aggravated battery charge in that case. Brown has also been charged 18 other times with various battery charges, and he has been charged with assault three times. Other charges for which he was arrested include terrorizing, criminal trespassing, drug possession, issuing worthless checks, burglary, theft, and unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. According to records, Brown was also convicted of DWI, aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, and simple burglary in Texas in 2003. Most recently, Brown had been serving time for the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a theft charge, but he was released from custody and placed on probation on October 26, 2012, just nine days before the murders occurred.
Two of Brown’s siblings are also currently incarcerated, one of whom is serving a life sentence for murder.