Man accused of murdering co-worker part of a work-release program

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man accused of murdering a co-worker Friday night was on a work-release program, officials said

at a news conference on Monday.

Dustin Pleasant, 26, was 250 days away from completing a six-year sentence for assaulting an officer, said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Pleasant is accused of killing Brittany Grosse-Pryor, a co-worker at Big Daddy’s Sports Grill, where he was participating in the Calcasieu Parish Transitional Work Program.

Lake Charles police said Grosse-Pryor was found dead at the corner of Melvin and Alma Lanes, which is on the same block as Big Daddy’s.

Mancuso addressed the situation Monday at a news conference at the Lake Charles Police Department.

Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon also addressed two homicides that occurred on Sunday.

Police arrested 24-year-old Keenan Wade Cears, 3214 Louisiana Ave., and 17-year-old Austin Benjamin Cedars, 3214 Louisiana Ave., and charged them with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Anthony Batiste.

Police also arrested a witness to the death, 35-year-old Shawna Wilson Cedars, 3214 Louisiana Ave., and charged her with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute, Dixon said.

Police haven’t made an arrest in a fatal stabbing at 1700 2nd St., Dixon said, because they are working to determine if Quentin Lorden was killed in self-defense.