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Lafayette man is 5th person arrested in Lake Charles fatal shooting

Posted: 11:21 AM, Oct 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-16 12:21:06-04
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A Lafayette man wanted for murder in Lake Charles has turned himself in to police.

The Lake Charles Police Department says that 31-year-old Kevin Leon Braxton turned himself in to the Lafayette Police Department on Tuesday, October 15.

A warrant for second-degree murder was issued for Braxton for his alleged involvement in a fatal shooting that occurred October 1 on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles.

Braxton's bond has been set at $1.25 million.

Three other Lafayette residents were arrested earlier this month in connection with the fatal shooting.

24-year-old Brandon Jerome Jefferson, AKA "Bleek, was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail on October 7 on a warrant for 2nd degree murder. His bond was set at $1.25 million.

35-year-old Akeala Ellis and 29-year-old Odessa Chavis, both of Lafayette, were also arrested on warrants for accessories after the fact of 2nd degree murder.

Ellis' bond is set at $150,000 and Chavis' bond is set $75,000.

Another man, 26-year-old Jeremiah Devon Richard of Lake Charles, was arrested on October 2 and booked on a charge of Attempted Second-degree murder. Those charges were upgraded upon Lewis' death to Second-degree murder. His bond is set at $1 million.

An investigation is ongoing and police say more arrests are imminent.