Two Lake Charles residents face murder charges

Carlos Manor (Source: CPSO)
Carlos Manor (Source: CPSO)
Diamond Jenkins (Source: CPSO)
Diamond Jenkins (Source: CPSO)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a Lake Charles couple on Friday for the June murder of a man on Avenue D.

On June 14, authorities responded to a call regarding shots fired at a mobile home park on Avenue D in Lake Charles. When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Brandon Dicks had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday, August 27, after an extensive investigation, CPSO detectives arrested 36-year-old Carlos Manor and 25-year-old Diamond Jenkins, both of Lake Charles, for the murder of Brandon Dicks.

"This was not an easy investigation. We knew a lot of things about what happened but couldn't prove it and several witnesses were not coming forward and cooperating about what they knew," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

At this time investigators don't believe Dicks' murder was drug related, but say they believe that Manor fired the fatal shots.

"We believe it involved an ongoing feud. That Manor and another person were having and it's unfortunate that Brandon got caught up in the middle of that. Not to say that he wasn't involved, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," explained Mancuso.

Manor and Jenkins were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both were charged with second degree murder.

A judge set Manor's bond at $600,000 and Jenkins' bond at $100,000.

Back in February 1997, Manor was convicted for distribution of cocaine and was sentenced to five years supervised probation. In 1998, he was convicted of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was then sentenced to ten years in prison, and was released in 2007.

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