Witness in Carter killing dead from apparent suicide

Published: Jan. 4, 2016 at 11:50 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2016 at 12:02 AM CST
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RAGLEY, LA (KPLC) - There's a new twist in a killing in Beauregard Parish on Thanksgiving weekend.

Forty-one year old Michael Carter was shot dead in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 28.

Herman Wolfe is a man Beauregard Sheriff's deputies said was a potential witness in the ongoing investigation into Carter's death. But now Wolfe is dead after an apparent suicide.

The deaths of both men happened down a long, lonely road in rural Beauregard Parish. Their lives ended in a settlement of trailer homes on Papania Road in Ragley.

Though Carter was shot to death, so far, no one has been charged with murder.  Fifty-five year old Cecil McArthur is being held in the Beauregard Parish jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, illegal possession of stolen items and possession of illegal drugs.

Sheriff Ricky Moses said McArthur claimed he thought he was shooting an unknown intruder:

"The suspect's making a self-defense claim. We're trying to investigate further on his claim of self defense," said Moses.

Then, on New Year's Eve, scarcely a month after Carter's death, Wolfe died. Moses said it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"There's no doubt it was a suicide. The investigation didn't turn up anything odd or unusual," said Moses.

And Moses said Wolfe was a possible witness in the Carter killing.

"It's only speculation, but I believe he probably knew more than what he told us. We interviewed him on several occasions in reference to this shooting case. We don't know if there's any ties to the shooting and suicide," said Moses.

"There's no note left, so we really don't know the reason he did commit suicide," he said.

With two shooting deaths on the property in scarcely a month, the neighbors are concerned. They hope investigators can get to the bottom of what's been going on there.

Investigators are still trying to sort out all the details in the lives of Carter, Wolfe and McArthur. The killing of Carter is expected to be put before a grand jury in Beauregard Parish.

McArthur has several felony convictions in Calcasieu Parish including drug possession, receiving stolen things, theft and DWI three.

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