Person of interest named in quadruple murder

Lee Roy Williams, Jr. (Source: CPSO)
Lee Roy Williams, Jr. (Source: CPSO)
Lee Roy Williams, Jr. (Source: Lauderdale County Detention Facility)
Lee Roy Williams, Jr. (Source: Lauderdale County Detention Facility)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - During a news conference on Wednesday, Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso named a person of interest and released a few other details in the murder of four people found slain in a home on Labor Day.

52-year-old Lee Roy Williams, Jr. has been identified as 6'3" tall, 350 to 400 pounds. He reportedly goes by the name "Big Lee" or "Big Man". Williams was last seen in the company of all four victims last Friday evening but has not been seen since.

Authorities say that Williams is the apparent registered owner of the Ford Explorer SUV they are searching for. Authorities continue to search for his SUV with Mississippi license plate LCE 755.

A warrant for Williams' arrest for possession of CDS II (an unrelated charge) has been signed by Judge David Ritchie with a bond of $25,000.

Williams reportedly has prior arrests and convictions for involuntary manslaughter and breaking/entering in North Carolina and larceny and forgery arrests and convictions in Mississippi.  Authorities say he is a known crack cocaine user and frequents areas known for drug activity.  He has been described as being a transient and has been known to frequent homeless shelters and food centers.

Williams most recent addresses before living at the home with Crystal Fruge in Lake Charles were in Meridian, Mississippi, and Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to the information about the person of interest in the case, Terry Welke with the Calcasieu Coroner's Office said the four victims - 28-year-old Crystal Dawn Fruge, 29-year-old Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 19-year-old Terry Lynn Banks and 26-year-old Jessica M. Eugene - most likely died early Saturday morning around 3:00 a.m. Their bodies were not found until Monday morning, more than 48 hours later.

The cause of death is not being released at this time, but the coroner says that all deaths are considered homicide.

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