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Selonia Reed murder suspect arrested in Atlanta

Hammond residents know Reginald Reed as a former city mayoral candidate, but few knew the name Jimmy Ray Barnes before his indictment last week.

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Indictment

Reginald Reed indicted in wife’s murder

Amite—District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that a Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment in the 1987 homicide of 26-year-old Selonia Reed. Indicted for second degree murder and conspiracy to commit second degree murder were Reginald Reed Sr., age 59 and Jimmy Ray Barnes, age 60. Hammond Police booked Reed Friday afternoon, June 21, 2019, at 2:44 PM, minutes before the district attorney's office distributed a press release announcing the indictment. Police arrested Barnes Friday evening in Atlanta, Georgia. On August 23, 1987, the body of Selonia Reed ...

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LPSO 1954

Poultry pioneer’s suicide questioned

The coroner’s jury returned an official verdict of "Death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound," but a relative of deceased phoned me recently, asking that I research the case.

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Court Room

Alleged drug-dealer killed by modern-day Bonnie and Clyde?

According to 1987 court testimony, a couple in Tangipahoa Parish robbed a drug dealer and then shot him in the head.

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CrimeCon 2019

International True Crime conference in New Orleans

Next week, my wife and I will attend an international true crime conference in New Orleans – Crime-Con 2019, June 7-9, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton Hotel. As we listen to speakers like Nancy Grace, Dateline’s Keith Morrison, O. J. Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden, and others, I will be considering how readers of this column can apply the experience to solving cold-case homicides in South Louisiana.

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