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Suspect arrested in Church Point cold case

Posted at 1:13 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:16:29-04

On May 14, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect in connection with the January 2016 death of Church Point native Bethany Megan Walters.

According to court records, Michael Anthony Guillory, 31, of Church Point was booked with one count of second degree murder.

In 2016, Walters’ body was found in the bathroom of her residence, which she shared with Guillory, by investigating deputies. She appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Court records reveal that deputies had initially interviewed Guillory during their investigation. Guillory told deputies that Walters had been sitting next to the bathtub while he was bathing. He stated that Walters was playing with a pistol when the weapon discharged.

Guilloy then said that he and his father attempted to resuscitate Walters before paramedics arrived. He then left the scene before the police arrived.

An initial autopsy report on Walters’ body was inconclusive in determining foul play or suicide. However, an extensive forensic examination determined that Walters’ death should be considered a homicide.

Guillory is currently serving time at Caldwell Correctional Center in Grayson for prior convictions.

He was brought before Judge Jason Meche at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in Opelousas for a bond hearing on May 23 where his bail was set at $250,000.

Guillory will return for his next court appearance on Sept. 26 at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse.