Slidell Police: Five arrested in connection to ‘complex’ murder investigation
POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:27pm
SLIDELL, LA (NBC33) — Police believe a botched robbery is the reason why a 23-year-old man was killed. Five people have been arrested in connection to the crime, and police say a 17-year-old is the mastermind who set the plan in motion.
The Slidell Police Department reports that the “complex” investigation began shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Sheriff’s Department received a call about a body that was discovered on Javery Road, and a second call about a burning truck located on Camelot Drive.
At the same time the Sheriff’s Department received the two calls, a woman reported that her boyfriend was missing.
Police assisted with the investigation and learned the identity of the victim, Leighton Powe, Jr. They learned that he was shot in the parking lot of a nearby Dollar General store.
Officials believe Ki’Shiun Griffin, 17, orchestrated a plan to rob Powe of marijuana. He enlisted Felix Adams, Jr., 20, Bobby Isidore, 20, and Trenton Johnson, 19, to commit the robbery. Powe met the trio at the Dollar General. They got into Johnson’s truck, but something went wrong and Adams allegedly shot Powe in the head.
The trio fled the scene in the vehicle. They then dumped Powe’s body on Javery Road, and set fire to the truck in an attempt to destroy evidence. Johnson later reported his vehicle stolen.
The fifth suspect, Darion Causey, 20, is accused of assisting with the destruction of evidence.
This was a senseless killing,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. “I’d like to also thank our partners CrimeStoppers, and the media, for assisting us.”
Adams, Isidore, and Johnson were all charged with First-Degree Murder.
Griffin was arrested and charged with Principal to First-Degree Murder.
Causey was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to First-Degree Murder.