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Abbeville PD make extradition arrests in homicide, drive-by shooting

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 18:00:45-05

Abbeville Police have made extradition arrests in connection with a 2019 homicide and a 2020 drive-by shooting in the city.

In August of 2019 Abbeville Police began investigating the homicide of Jacoby Lee after responding to a call at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and S. Guegnon Streets. One of the individuals arrested in that case was Jamie Vallery, on a charge of Principal to Second Degree Murder. Police say Vallery was able to bond out of jail on that charge after his bond was reduced.

One month after bonding out, Vallery was arrested on a misdemeanor charge and bonded out on that charge. He also was ordered to and failed to appear for several court appearances.

Detectives learned that Vallery had been arrested in Naples, Florida on narcotics charges. An arrest warrant was secured for Out of State Bail Jumping, and Vallery was eventually extradited on that charge. Abbeville police officers traveled to Naples, where Vallery was arrested on the above warrant. He was transported back to Abbeville and booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.

Police also made an arrest in connection with shooting that occurred in July of 2020. Officers were able to secure an arrest warrant for Kolby Mitchell of Abbeville, who was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder by Drive-by Shooting, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies, Principal to Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, and Obstruction of Justice.

Mitchell's information was entered into the National Crime Information Center database. United States Border Patrol recently made contact with Mitchell near Corpus Christi, Texas, and after running his name, placed Mitchell under arrest for the above warrants. Mitchell was held in Kingsville, Texas, until he was extradited for the charges.

Abbeville police officers traveled to Kingsville on January 22, 2021, where Mitchell was arrested on the warrants. He was then transported back to Abbeville and booked in the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.

Chief Spearman would like to commend the officers on a job well done.

In addition to dialing 911, you can contact us at 893-2511. You may contact our "Tips"line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send
anonymous tips through the Tip411 system at the department's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AbbevillePolice Department, the official web page, www.abbevillepd.com by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" link provided, or through the official Abbeville Police Department app.

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