Man arrested following fatal incident at Iris Street apartment

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

An 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree homicide of another 18-year-old man at an apartment

complex on Iris Street, city police said.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said city police were called early Sunday morning to the apartments at 710

Iris St., where

they found Edward Wilkes bleeding. Wilkes, who resides in

apartment No. 302, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced


After an investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for Cody Ray Lucero, 18, who is also a resident of the complex,

No. 206.

He was arrested in Kinder and booked into the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office jail. He will be brought back to Lake Charles.

Kraus said police know how Wilkes died

but are not releasing that information to the public because the

investigation is “ongoing.”

Kraus also did not say what the relationship was between Wilkes

and Lucero other than that they were neighbors. He did not

release a possible motive. But Kraus said there was “enough

probable cause” to list Wilkes as a suspect in the murder.

One resident on Iris Street told the American Press that the apartment complex is “a known drug haven.” Two other Iris Street

residents agreed.

In fact, Lake Charles Police have responded to that particular apartment complex 77 times in the past 24 months, Kraus said.

The calls ranged from drug complaints to disturbances and noise complaints, he said.

“Seventy-seven calls is an awful lot of calls for one location for police services,” Kraus said.

Lead investigator is Sgt. Lecia McCullough, who is being assisted by Det. Dustin Gaudet and Sgt. Franklin Fondel.

Lucero’s bond was set at $1 million.