Suspect arrested in shooting on West Homestead Drive

Deidre Cruse

A suspect in a shooting that led to the death of one man and injured another last Thursday on West Homestead Drive turned himself in to the Iberville Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon, officials said.

Isiah “Icky” Lee, 31, of 58710 Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine was charged with a count of first degree murder in the death of Shantley Pinkney, 24, of Baton Rouge, Chief of Detectives Blair Favaron reported.

It is the first murder case in Iberville Parish in 2008, Favaron noted.

Lee also was charged with a count of second degree murder in the shooting of Stephen Robertson Jr., 22, of Bell Street, Plaquemine, who was injured in the leg, and with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Favaron said.

The two victims were cleaning out a ditch by the trailer park where Pinkney was staying and Robinson had come to visit, the chief of detectives said. He said the suspect, accompanied by his girlfriend,drove up in in a car.

“There had been some kind of disagreement between them,” Favaron said. “There was an exchange of words at the roadway. The suspect went to the back of the trailer park and [drove] back to the road by himself. There was a verbal altercation, shots were fired and he drove off.”

Chief Criminal Deputy Stephen Engolio said Lee reportedly fired four or five shots, striking Pinkney several times his abdomen and hand, and Robertson once in the leg.

Both were taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center. A night of surgery failed to save Pinkney’s life; he died Friday morning, Engolio and Favaron said. Robinson was treated and released the next day.

Several witnesses also were endangered, Engolio said.

“The shooting was done with a rifle,” he said.

Favaron said detectives recovered some evidence at the scene and that they are working to locate the weapon.

During the investigation of the case, deputies searching for Lee at his residence on Iron Farm Road turned up a half a pound of marijuana, Favaron alleged.

The discovery led to the arrest of David Lee, 50, a relative listed at Isiah Lee’s address, and of Lee’s girlfriend, Constance E. Veal, 26, the chief of detectives said. Both were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Favaron said. He said Veal was charged additionally with resisting an officer for failing to provide information, including her address, during booking.

“She just refused to talk,” Favaron said.

David Lee was arrested after the search last Thursday, and Veal was booked on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office issued warrants for Isiah Lee’s arrest on the murder and attempted murder charges, Engolio said.

Over the weekend, Isiah Lee’s attorney arranged for him to turn himself in, the officials said. Lee surrendered himself around 2 p.m. Monday, Favaron said.

The case is still under investigation, he said, but no further arrests are expected.