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Jose Israel Ayala III, 24, and Cassandra Ward, 22, both of Leesville, have been charged in the death of James Stephens. (Special to the American Press)

Jose Israel Ayala III, 24, and Cassandra Ward, 22, both of Leesville, have been charged in the death of James Stephens. (Special to the American Press)


Two arrested in death of Rosepine man

Last Modified: Friday, July 04, 2014 3:21 PM

Special to the American Press

LEESVILLE — Two Leesville residents have been arrested in the disappearance of a Rosepine man.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said Jose Israel Ayala III, 24, and Cassandra Ward, 22, both of Leesville, were arrested on Thursday after a three-month investigation into the disappearance of James Stephens.

Human remains discovered near La. 1211 in Vernon are believed to be those of Stephens.

Ayala is charged with one count of second-degree murder. His bond was set at $250,000.

Ward is charged with one count of second-degree murder. Her bond was set at $200,000.

Both remain in the Vernon Parish jail.

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