Lumberton man killed in Bogalusa murder; 2 in custody, 1 sought

Lumberton man killed in Bogalusa murder; 2 in custody, 1 sought
A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. (Photo Source: WDAM )

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - A Louisiana shooting claimed the life of a Lumberton man and two men are in custody, while authorities are still searching for one other they said is connected.

Trevante Martice Toney, 21 of Lumberton was shot and killed on Sept. 29 in the 700 block of East Fifth Street in Bogalusa.

"Toney was shot once, and was lying in the street just near a house being rented by one of the suspects in the case," Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said. "The shooting was connected to a drug deal, or a drug deal gone bad and it happened at a rental house that belonged to Brandon Odel Lotts of Bogalusa."

Thelonious Savoy Williams, 21 of Lumberton, was arrested Friday, Oct. 9, around 1:30 p.m. by Lamar County Deputies at his residence in Lamar County; he was then turned over to Bogalusa authorities.

Williams was charged with attempted first-degree murder of Brandon Lotts, and obstruction of justice. His bond was set at $75,000.

Charles Edward Jenkins Jr., 22, of Lumberton turned himself in to Pearl River County authorities, and he was then turned over to Bogalusa authorities. Jenkins was charged with attempted first-degree murder of Brandon Lotts, illegal discharge/use of a weapon, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice.

His bond was set at $200,000.

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Brandon Odel Lotts, 29 of Bogalusa is still wanted by authorities in connection to the shooting death of Toney.

According to Culpepper, he has warrants for first-degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, dangerous use of a weapon, obstruction of justice, aggravated criminal damage to property and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine.

"This was one of those cases the people involved left the dope and money at the house where all of this was connected to," Culpepper said. "It appeared that the victim, Toney, Williams and Jenkins all came to Bogalusa to buy dope, and from there something went wrong, but this certainly wasn't random."

Culpepper said that if anyone has any other information in the case to contact authorities.

"At this time we really don't know where Lotts could be, he could have even been injured in the shooting, but we are still looking for him," Culpepper said.

Anyone with information can contact New Orleans Crime Stoppers at 504-837-8477 or the Bogalusa detectives at 985-732-6238.