Dedrick Charles Labee, 61, of Tickfaw, was arrested Thursday and booked with the murder of Wayne Bourliea, 36, of Hammond, according to Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

Shot multiple times, Bourliea’s body was found Wednesday morning, lying on the floor of his place of employment, Z Equipment, in a pool of blood. The shooter had fled the scene.

Deputies immediately secured the garden and lawn equipment business on US 190 near the Hammond airport and began processing the scene.

In an investigation that lasted two days, detectives conducted interviews, pursued several leads and took Labee into custody without incident, Edwards said.

Labee is charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice, the sheriff said.

Body in Holden

New information points to foul play in the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday on James Chapel Road North in Holden. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said the body was in poor condition due to decomposition. Authorities believe the body had been there for about a week.

Autopsy findings indicated the victim is a man in his early 40s and the cause of death was determined to be from a gun shot wound, the sheriff said.

Detectives are trying to positively identify the victim, Ard said.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call 225-686-2241 extension 1 or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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