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NPD: three arrested in connection to homicide

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Natchitoches Police Department Detective Division has arrested three people in connection to a homicide that occurred Christmas morning.

According to the NPD, Officers responded to several calls to the police station reporting multiple gunshots and a large group of people in the parking lot of Moffet's Texaco at 1424 Texas Street in Natchitoches.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the parking lot empty of vehicles and persons. There were several bullet casings in the parking lot at the time.

Detectives were called out to begin an investigation into the matter. Several persons of interest were interviewed that night.

NPD said on Christmas Day, Donna Franklin came to the police station and reported that her son LaBraynt Franklin had been missing since the night before and had not been heard or seen since.

The next morning, Franklin and other relatives were in the area looking for LaBrayant when one of the searchers located his body behind a building.

Investigators were called to the scene where the homicide investigation began. During the day and into the night, multiple suspects and witnesses were located and interviewed.

Detectives arrested Joseph Llorence, 31, of 1526 Berry Ave in Natchitoches on 1 count of manslaughter, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and two Bench warrants. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Also arrested was Randy Lewis, 30, of 1025 Allen St in Natchitoches on 1 count of Inciting a Riot, Principal to Manslaughter, and Discharging a Firearm inside the city limits.

Also arrested was Justin Haskett, 21, of 1526 Berry Ave Natchitoches on one count of Discharging a Firearm inside the City Limits.  

The investigation revealed that there had been a large fight in the parking lot that escalated into a shootout between rival parties.

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