Murdered teen said to be suspect in attempted burglary - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Murdered teen said to be suspect in attempted burglary

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - 2:04 p.m. Saturday: The body of 18-year-old Divonte LeDay was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in a yard off Oleo Street. Lots of questions remained, but Lake Charles Police now believe the victim sustained those wounds nearly 12 hours earlier while he and two others tried to steal a four wheeler a block away on Mill Street.

"LeDay was involved in a burglary, an attempted theft. The homeowner took action shot two rounds and they fled," said Sgt. Mark Kraus. 

Both the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Lake Charles Police got calls about gunshots in the area. The homeowner on Mill Street filed a report about the attempted burglary with the Sheriff's Office, telling them he fired two shots in the air.

The initial report from the Calcasieu Coroner's Office confirms LeDay died from injuries consistent from a shotgun.

"We now know LeDay was struck by the shotgun blast and died a short time later about 200 feet from where that attempted burglary took place," explained Kraus.  

Kraus says LeDay was no stranger to local law enforcement: His first run was at 16 years old - police say he was the teen who brought the gun and fired shots at the "Just For Jesus" rally at the Lake Charles Civic Center back in May 2007.

March 2008 : LeDay was arrested for possession of marijuana.

April 2009: Lafayette Police arrested him in April on a warrant issued by Lake Charles Police for simple burglary and theft over 500 dollars.

October 2009: LeDay was arrested for simple battery and simple damage to property.

Kraus says this latest case should send a strong message to the chance would be burglars take.

"We in America and specifically Lake Charles, Louisiana have the right to protect our homes, property and family. And in using a shotgun or weapon to do so is authorized in many cases by law," said Kraus.  

The law will now have the final say. Once the investigation is complete a grand jury will decide whether or not to indict the homeowner with murder charges. He says at this time the investigation is still ongoing and once complete will be handed over to the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office.

Copyright 2009 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:11:16 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
  • BREAKING

    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:20:07 GMT
    Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)

    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Fort Polk holds Memorial Day Ceremony

    Fort Polk holds Memorial Day Ceremony

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:54:19 GMT
    Global War on Terrorism Monument at Fort Polk. (Source: Chandler Watkins / KPLC)Global War on Terrorism Monument at Fort Polk. (Source: Chandler Watkins / KPLC)
    Global War on Terrorism Monument at Fort Polk. (Source: Chandler Watkins / KPLC)Global War on Terrorism Monument at Fort Polk. (Source: Chandler Watkins / KPLC)

    JRTC and Fort Polk held it's annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrior Memorial Park Thursday. Veterans, Gold Star families, local officials, and those currently stationed at Fort Polk were in attendance. During the ceremony the invocation was done by Lieutenant Colonel David L. Oberdieck and surviving family members were recognized. An installation wreath was placed in front of Global War on Terrorism Monument, two towers etched with the names of the 96 soldiers stationed at For...

    More >>

    JRTC and Fort Polk held it's annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrior Memorial Park Thursday. Veterans, Gold Star families, local officials, and those currently stationed at Fort Polk were in attendance. During the ceremony the invocation was done by Lieutenant Colonel David L. Oberdieck and surviving family members were recognized. An installation wreath was placed in front of Global War on Terrorism Monument, two towers etched with the names of the 96 soldiers stationed at For...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly