Police still searching for murder suspect

Published 8:16 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bogalusa Police Department officers continue to search for an alleged murderer, but leads concerning his possible whereabouts have nearly dried up, according to police officials.

Brandon Odel Lotts, 29, of Bogalusa, is wanted in connection with the Aug. 29 afternoon shooting death of Lumberton, Miss. resident Trevante Martice Toney, 21, near Lotts’ home on East Fifth Street. Two other Lumberton residents — Thelonious Savoy Williams, 21, and Charles Edward Jenkins Jr., 22, — were recently apprehended and remain in the Washington Parish Jail awaiting trial in the case. Jenkins is under $200,000 bond, while Williams’ bond is $75,000.

Local law enforcement officials have gone on record as saying drugs were involved with Toney’s killing. Drugs and money were discovered at the scene of the murder.

Despite an injury, Lotts allegedly ran from the East Fifth Street crime scene and was seen bleeding nearby at Bennie’s Wings & Things on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Before police arrived to question him, Lotts ran off and apparently has not been seen since.

Lotts reportedly has a lengthy criminal history. Warrants charge Lotts with first-degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, dangerous use of a weapon, aggravated criminal damage to property, obstruction of justice and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

“He’s still in the wind right now,” BPD Chief Joe Culpepper said, referring to Lotts. “We’ve been to Baton Rouge trying to follow up on some leads, but they haven’t turned up anything. He’s definitely running from us.”

Culpepper said he was unsure if Lotts was injured by gunfire during the altercation in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

“If he was indeed shot, hospitals are mandated reporters. He might have family members who are nurses. He might have been grazed, or something,” Culpepper said.

Williams was arrested by Lamar County, Miss. Sheriff’s Department deputies on Oct. 7 and extradited to Bogalusa. He was charged with being a principal to first-degree murder and being a principal to obstruction of justice.

Jenkins was taken into custody by Pearl River County, Miss., Sheriff’s Department deputies on Oct. 9 after he turned himself in to authorities there. Warrants charge Jenkins with attempted first-degree murder, obstruction of justice, illegal use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Culpepper said Lotts should be considered armed and dangerous.

“He’s been in the system for a while,” Culpepper said. “Eventually he’ll turn up, but we just don’t know when that might be.”

Culpepper requested that citizens with any information concerning the case contact New Orleans Crime Stoppers at 504-837-8477, Bogalusa Detectives Division at 985-732-6238 or the BPD at 985-732-3611. Tips leading to Lotts’ apprehension could result in a reward.