New details emerge on Kasey Bigum cases, two accused

Hannah Desselle, 18, and Tristan James, 20, both of Moreauville face charges of second degree...
Hannah Desselle, 18, and Tristan James, 20, both of Moreauville face charges of second degree murder in the case of Kasey Bigum, a woman who has been missing since May 30. (Credit: APSO)(KALB / APSO)
Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 7:07 PM CDT
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News Channel 5 has learned more about the case of Kasey Bigum, whose remains were found in Big Bend last a Friday. She went missing back in May.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office said they believe the remains are those of Bigum, but the body was sent to the LSU Faces Lab for identification.

Tristin James, 20, and Hannah Desselle, 18, who are both from Moreauville,

in connection to Bigum’s death and disappearance. James is Bigum's son.

We spoke with Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson to find out more about Bigum’s case and James’ and Desselle’s involvement.

“On the evening of May 30, Tristin James, Hannah Desselle and Kasey Bigum were at a residence north of Marksville on Hwy. 1,” Anderson said. “James and Bigum got in an argument, and it turned violent. Bigum was murdered by James. He hit her with his hand and hit her with a baseball bat. James and Desselle then wrapped the body up in a blanket and took her to a remote area of the parish on the S&B Cutoff Road and disposed of the body there. Further investigation led to Hannah Desselle admitting to having been with James when the murder occurred and took detectives to where the body was dumped."

Regarding their criminal history, Anderson stated that the arrests of James and Desselle for obstruction of justice came just last week after detectives found that the two were hiding information about the case, but at the time of the arrest, Desselle was already behind bars for damage to property.

Court records also show that both James and Desselle faced simple burglary charges back in May of this year, and James faced a simple battery charge in October 2018.

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