Pitkin Man Indicted for Murder of DeRidder Woman

By KPLC Staff

DeRidder, LA (KPLC) - 32-year-old Billie Joe Weldon has been indicted for second-degree murder, accused of killing 27-year-old Kimberly Ann Stephens of DeRidder.

Weldon, of Pitkin, originally faced charges of first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping.

Stephens body was found near DeRidder on August 26. An autospy revealed she died as a result of blunt force trauma to the the head. Authorities say they believe Weldon acted alone.

Weldon was arrested just hours after Stephens' funeral.

His bond is now set at $10 million.

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