St. Mary

Dec 13, 2012 6:49 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Man charged with in Patterson murder also convicted sex offender

The Patterson man arrested for the first degree murder of his girlfriend is a registered sex offender. Junior Weston, 46, was on parole for a forcible rape conviction. Weston is accused of killing 26 year-old Dominique L. Bennett, of Patterson.

The US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in Lafayette and the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in New Orleans arrested Weston in the 2300 block of South Claiborne in New Orleans. "After about six hours of investigating it was decided that a 5-Man Team from Lafayette would drive to New Orleans to join forces with our counterparts there. Finally, at around midnight (this morning), after approximately nine hours of intense investigating, Weston was located in a house on South Claiborne in New Orleans. Weston was arrested without incident," Deputy US Marshal Corey Britt said.

Henry Whitehorn, the US Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, "The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children."

The Western District of Louisiana's Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further, VOTF Lafayette calls upon part-time TFO's and partners throughout its eight parish area. In 2011 VOTF Lafayette closed approximately 500 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. Further, US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States closed more than 113,000 felony warrants nationwide.


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