The Latest: White man facing murder charges on suicide watch

The Latest on the arrest of a 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge was placed on suicide watch at the jail where he is being held on first-degree murder charges.

Kenneth Gleason had a brief court hearing Wednesday and was ordered held without bond. WBRZ-TV obtained video of the hearing through a public records request.

During the hearing, Gleason asks if he can be taken off suicide watch. Judge Trudy White told Gleason that the court would contact his lawyer would “come and handle it.”

Gleason told the judge he hadn’t spoken to his attorney since he was taken to the jail on Tuesday.

Police say last week’s slayings may have been racially motivated. A law enforcement official said that authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Gleason’s home. Investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing link him to the crimes.

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10:50 a.m.

An aunt of the 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge says his arrest has left her shocked and baffled.

Kerrie Highley, a maternal aunt of 23-year-old Kenneth James Gleason, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her nephew was an Eagle Scout from a church-going family. She said she never heard him express any racist views.

Police say last week’s slayings may have been racially motivated. A law enforcement official said Tuesday that authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Gleason’s home. Investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing link him to the crimes.

Highley, of Galveston, Texas, says she hasn’t seen Gleason since a family trip to Thailand nearly two years ago. She described him as a quiet, polite person who “didn’t fit anything violent.”

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3:10 a.m.

A 23-year-old white man was arrested and accused of killing two black men and shooting up a black family’s home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated.

A law enforcement official said Tuesday that authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Kenneth James Gleason’s home and investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing link him to the crimes.

Authorities said he would be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work. Police say that in each…

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