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|OPSO arrests man in Tuesday slaying|
For the second time in a month, a former Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputy has helped local authorities solve a homicide.
Sheriff investigators arrested Jason Ray Davis, 23, Tuesday for first degree murder, Sheriff Royce Toney announced Wednesday at a news conference.
"We got a call at 7 a.m. from Gene BeDoit, who used to be a deputy sheriff back in the mid-1970s. He had this abandoned vehicle in his stall (at the car wash he owns) so he calls us and we find blood. We know there's foul play but we didn't know where the owner of the truck was at," Toney said.
The owner of the truck, Joe L. Jones, 66, did not show up for work Tuesday.
"Our investigation revealed he (Jones) was seen with a white male earlier that morning. So, the search began for the owner of the truck. Well, we found the body. It was the luckiest break the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office has ever gotten," Toney said.
Jones' body was "dumped off a secluded wooded road off Hwy. 134."
State Police and U.S. Wildlife and Fishery agents assisted in the search.
Sheriff's detectives Larry Ludlow, and Jo Baw drove down the secluded wooded road during the search.
"Jo Baw saw where the weeds had been pushed down considerably, so they stopped and found the body. It was like finding a needle in the haystack. That was an absolute lucky miracle because our research has shown within three days in this heat, it would have been a skeleton before the week was up," Toney said.
Jones was stabbed to death and robbed, Toney said.
When Davis was arrested, he had $250 in his pocket.
Davis was transported to the Ouachita Correctional Center where he was booked on one count of first degree murder.
"We identified him as the suspect, we located him and had him in jail within two hours," Toney said. "I am extremely proud of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and the deputies I have on board. Our detective bureau is second to none. I've accumulated a great crew and they proved it. We had nothing to go on except we knew who the owner of the truck was and we knew he wasn't at work," Toney said.
Lead detective in the investigation was Sgt. Daryl Giddens.