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|Arrest made in 2002 double homicide|
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office investigators solved a 2002 double homicide Thursday with the help of a former deputy.
The sheriff's office arrested Matt Banks, 44, for the double homicide of his former girlfriend, Irma Williams, and her brother, Roy Lee Tugler Jr., in June 2002.
"We knew he did it, but we could never prove it because we didn't have any physical evidence," said Sheriff Royce Toney.
Toney announced Banks' arrest at a news conference Thursday at his office in the Courthouse Annex.
Banks committed the murders and burned a home with the bodies inside of it, destroying most of the evidence, Toney said.
"We have a deputy (Gene BeDoit) who is no longer with us who often calls us with tips about things," Toney said. "He came across this individual and they started talking about this old homicide and he got some information and then called us. So we went out and interviewed the person who actually saw our suspect leaving the scene of the crime."
"We got lucky and got this witness," Toney continued. "Some people just don't come forward, and you have to go to them. That's what this guy did. We were real lucky today to make this arrest.
"We're proud to say we're going to close this case and give the remaining family closure on this case.
It's a unique case because his brother (Melvin Banks) did the same thing, killing his mother and placing her in a mattress and setting it on fire. It was pretty much the same M.O. - blunt force trauma and then set the bodies on fire."
Toney said homicide cases are not closed until an arrest is made.
"Our detectives did a lot of hard work on this, and our ex-deputy did an excellent job," he said. "We appreciate him coming forward with this. He retired in the 1976, but once you get the deputy syndrome in your blood, you are just always a cop."
"It was a pleasure to get him to come out of semi-retirement," Toney added.