Pitkin man charged with first degree murder

By Michael Addison -  email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office says that 32-year-old Billie Joe Weldon is being held without bond on the murder charge. However, on a kidnapping charge, bond has been set at $500,000.

Officials have not released specific details of the case, but they say Weldon and the victim, Kimberly Ann Stephens, knew each other.

Her body was found last month in a vacant lot off U.S. Highway 171 in Pleasant Hill.

Preliminary autopsy results from the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office indicated that Stephens died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

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