Former McNeese star charged in Vinton shooting

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A McNeese State University football star from the early 1980s was involved in a weekend shooting in Vinton, authorities said.

Vinton Police Chief Ricky Fox said Stephen Starring, 51, 918 Stevenson St., shot Dillon Worthy, 20, 904 Stevenson St., in

the lower back early Sunday morning.

Fox said Starring reported a home invasion, but did not tell authorities that he had shot one of the men.

Starring was the offensive MVP of the 1980 Independence Bowl between McNeese and Southern Miss. Starring also played seven

years in the NFL.

Fox said police responded to a report of a home invasion on Stevenson Street at 3:38 a.m.

He said Starring said Worthy and another man, Joseph Batiste, 47, 904 Stevenson St., came to his door, forced their way in

and began beating him.

Starring was able to break away, Fox said, and Worthy and Batiste began to run. Fox said Starring shot Worthy in the back,

although it was unclear whether Worthy was still in the house or had exited the door when he was hit.

Worthy’s mother reported to police that her son had been shot and he was flown to a local hospital, Fox said. Starring was

also taken to a local hospital, he said. Both were released and are being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Fox said Starring was charged with attempted second-degree murder because “when you disengage and guys take off running, you

can’t shoot them in the back.”

Fox said the three knew each other. Starring was able to identify Worthy and Batiste by name, and the latter two corroborated

that there had been a fight. Worthy and Batiste went to Starring’s residence to reclaim money, Fox said.

After he was arrested, Starring’s home was burglarized in what was believed to be retaliation for shooting Worthy, Fox said.

He said no arrests have been made in the burglary.

Starring is being held on $300,000 bond.

Worthy, who is being held on $225,000 bond, was charged with home invasion, aggravated second-degree battery, simple criminal

property damage between $500 and $50,000, and attempted armed robbery.

Batiste, who is being held on $400,000 bond, was charged with home invasion, aggravated second-degree battery, simple criminal

property damage less than $500 and attempted armed robbery.

Fox said the shooting was the first in Vinton since he took office eight years ago. He said the department’s records were

destroyed by a fire in 2005.