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Gonzales Weekly Citizen - Gonzales, LA
  • APSO arrests three in connection to St. Amant murder

  • Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested three people in connection with a homicide that took place in St. Amant Friday night according to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.
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  • Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested three people in connection with a homicide that took place in St. Amant Friday night according to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. During the course of the investigation, detectives pieced together what happened through dozens of interviews and examination of evidence by the State Police Crime Lab, Bacala said. Chief Bacala indicated that the victim, Fred Martin, Jr. and Barry Lee Diggs went to the home of Dana Milano and Louis Topham late Friday night and were there for short time when Diggs is believed to have shot Martin in the driveway of the home. Diggs then fled on foot across the street and ended up on a parallel street, Penny Duplessis Road. Diggs was spotted by a resident on Penny Duplessis Road walking up and down the road and appearing to be “agitated” as he spoke to someone on the phone and eventually made contact with acquaintances that picked him up and drove him to Baton Rouge. The resident on Penny Duplessis Road called the Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious person and while a deputy was traveling to answer that call, he noticed Martin’s vehicle in the ditch and Martin dead in the driveway. When Diggs was first identified as a “person of interest” in the case on Sunday, he was located with the assistance of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and was found to be in possession of narcotics. EBRSO immediately placed Diggs under arrest on the narcotics charges and he remained in jail there until he was brought to Ascension Parish earlier today to be booked on charges of first-degree murder. Barry Lee Diggs, 57, of 2734 Milan Street, New Orleans was arrested Monday, February 3 and charged with first-degree murder. Dana Milano, 45, and Louis Topham, 39, both of 45214 Stringer Bridge Road, St. Amant were arrested and charged with possession of schedule II, possession of paraphernalia, and principle to first-degree murder. The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by sending an anonymous tip to 847411 or to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
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