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One suspect arrested in DeQuincy murder investigation

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 11:04:14-04

Deputies say a suspect has been identified and arrested in connection with the murder of a Baton Rouge man in DeQuincy. Another person is still wanted.

Calcasieu Parish Deputies say that 27-year-old George A. Buck of Lake Charles was arrested following further investigation into the murder of 29-year-old Zacchaeus Burton of Baton Rouge. Buck is allegedly responsible for Burton's death.

According to deputies, Buck allegedly met with Nathaniel Mitchell, III in DeQuincy where Burton was murdered. Detectives are currently searching for Mitchell who is also wanted in connection with Burton's death.

Burton's body was found on Wednesday, July 17 on the side of D. Williams Road in DeQuincy.

An investigation into the death revealed that Burton had traveled from Baton Rouge to Calcasieu Parish to stay with an acquaintance, identified as Mitchell. Investigators say that the two traveled separately to DeQuincy on Wednesday, July 17 and that Burton was murdered at noon that same day. Burton was reportedly killed and then his body burned on D. Williams Road.

A warrant was signed for Mitchell's arrest in the amount of $1,000,000 for Second-degree murder.

Detectives learned that Mitchell boarded a plane in Lake Charles to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 21. He is considered a fugitive. Anyone with information on Mitchell's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (337) 491-3605 (or call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous).

Buck was arrested on Wednesday, July 24. A warrant was issued for his arrest in the amount of $1,000,000. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a charge of Second-degree murder.

An investigation is ongoing and deputies say more arrests and charges are possible.