Plaq. man arrested in shooting death

DEIDRE CRUSE

The Plaquemine Police on Saturday arrested DeQuincy Anderson, 20, on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jhamarl Smith, Capt. Kenneth Payne said.

The shooting was thought to be a “spillover” from a fight several days earlier between two friends of the suspect and the victim, both from Plaquemine, Payne said.

Responding to a call at noon Saturday, police found Smith dead in the carport of a house at 23445 Gauthier Street, the officer said. He said Smith was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the back with a 9mm handgun. The bullets were recovered from Smith's body during an autopsy, and the bullet casings were found on the carport floor, he said.

A witness at the scene at the time of the shooting identified Anderson as the shooter, Payne said. He said police contacted members of Anderson's family, and the suspect, accompanied by a lawyer, turned himself in later in the afternoon, between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Anderson, whose address was listed as 23270 Patureau Lane, remained in jail as of Monday in lieu of a $750,000 bond set by District Judge William C. Dupont, Payne said.

In other action, the city police arrested Robert Lee Cole, 32, of 58719 Allen Street, Plaquemine, on charges of domestic abuse battery and illegal use of weapons, Payne said.

Cole, accused of punching and kicking a woman to the floor, was arrested around 11 p.m. Saturday, the captain said. He said police later discovered a warrant for illegal use of a weapon in connection with a shooting incident on Allen Street in February in which Cole is accused of pulling a sawed-off shotgun and firing a shot into the air.

Early Sunday, police arrested Terry Mitchell, 21, of 24340 Church Street, Plaquemine, on charges of domestic violence and aggravated battery, Payne said.

A woman who had blood on her face and swelling went to police headquarters to report her boyfriend, whom she identified at Mitchell, had “just beat her up” at a residence on Plaquemine Street, Payne alleged. He said Mitchell was arrested at the Plaquemine Street address around 1:30 a.m.

Acadian Ambulance transported the woman to Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for treatment, he said.