Arrest made in Ja’Quarrius Taylor murder case

Published 4:58 pm Monday, March 9, 2020

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Late Monday afternoon, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Joandre Dawson, 20, a resident of 32509 Highway 21 in Angie, and charged him with the Jan. 12 murder of Ja’Quarrius Taylor, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that the arrest was the result of several weeks of intensive investigation by the detective division of the WPSO.

Haley said that Dawson is Taylor’s cousin. Dawson was scheduled to be transferred to the Washington Parish Jail later Monday, and booked on a charge of second-degree murder.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest.

“This arrest is the result of a non-stop investigation by our detective division,” he said. “Not a day went by when they were not focusing on this case. I am so pleased of their hard work to identify the killer and make the arrest.

“The matter is now in the hands of the District Attorney, and I am confident he will do what should be done.