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A grand jury on Thursday indicted Cody Ray Lucero, 18, on a second-degree murder charge. Lucero is accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Edward Wilkes at the MySpace apartment complex on Iris Street on Sunday, June 9. (Lance Traweek / American Press)<br>

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Cody Ray Lucero, 18, on a second-degree murder charge. Lucero is accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Edward Wilkes at the MySpace apartment complex on Iris Street on Sunday, June 9. (Lance Traweek / American Press)

Suspect in Iris Street apartment complex shooting indicted

Last Modified: Friday, August 02, 2013 10:14 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man suspected in a June killing at an Iris Street apartment complex was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder Thursday.

Authorities said Cody Ray Lucero, 19, killed Edward Lee Wilkes, 18, in Lucero’s second-story apartment with a single gunshot to the head.

In a court hearing July 26, officers said Lucero told a friend he shot Wilkes after he came through the window of the apartment.

Sgt. Franklin Fondel said during the hearing that Lucero told police he shot Wilkes when Wilkes kicked his knee, causing his finger to hit the trigger.

Wilkes was also a tenant of the apartments, living on the third floor. He was killed around 11 p.m. June 8.

Lucero was arrested at a motel in Kinder on June 9, Fondel said.

Lucero is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $1 million bond.


Other Indictments

Joshua Lemelle Peltier, 21, was indicted on one count of forcible rape and one count of second-degree kidnapping. He is accused of raping a 15-year-old in May.

Charles Brent Compton, 40, was indicted on one count of child pornography.

Authorities said child pornography was found on his computer.

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