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Two accused in murder of Ragley man

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Anderson and Schonsby (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office) Anderson and Schonsby (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office)
Catherine Anderson (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office) Catherine Anderson (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office)
Cheryl Schonsby (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office) Cheryl Schonsby (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office)
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BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Two arrests have been made in the shooting death of 53-year-old Jerry Stover of Ragley.

Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses on Wednesday said that arrested were 54-year-old Catherine Anderson and 50-year-old Cheryl Schonsby.

Moses said that Anderson was arrested at around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, and Schonsby was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

It was early morning on Christmas Eve when Stover's body was found outside of his home on Highway 171 in Ragley. He had been shot to death. Moses said officers received a 911 call from  his live-in in girlfriend Catherine Anderson.

"We received a call Christmas Eve morning approximately 8 o'clock that a subject was laying just outside of his home, driveway area, that had been shot. Deputies responded, found Mr. Jerry Stover, age 53, deceased, from an apparent gunshot wound," said Moses.

Yet, within 48 hours the investigation led to the arrest of Anderson and Schonsby.

"She (Schonsby) was there at the scene. We determined she was there at the scene that morning and she's supposedly best friends with Ms. Anderson," said Moses.

Moses said the motive may have stemmed from alleged domestic violence.

"We've gotten some information that there's possibly been some domestic abuse in the past.  We're exploring that and we think that may have been the motive in the killing." 

Moses said authorities believe the murder may have been planned.

The women have been booked for second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  They will likely get a right to counsel hearing on Thursday morning during which attorneys will be appointed for each, unless they can afford to hire their own counsel.

Both are being held in the Beauregard Parish Jail with $1,250,000 bond set for each.

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