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.

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