BREAKING: Two arrested in Westlake homicide

Published 3:46 pm Monday, February 6, 2023

Two of three people wanted in the death of a 25-year-old man discovered in a Westlake home last week have been arrested.

Demarcus Ardoin, 25, was found dead in his home on Westwood Road around midnight Tuesday after a neighbor reported suspicious behavior. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the homicide was drug-related.

CPSO spokesperson Kayla Vincent said Autoria “Tori” Lachney, 22, and Kevin E. Williams Jr., 23, were located Monday morning at a Kirkman Street home. Both were arrested and have been booked in to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

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Lachney is charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder; prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia; two counts drug possession; illegal carrying of weapons during the commission of a crime or in presence of CDS; and possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Her bond has been set at $204,500.

Williams is accused of second-degree murder.

A third person, Justin J. Ned, 22, is still missing. He is facing charges of principal to second-degree murder.

Mancuso said Ned and Lachney have a violent crime history. Ardoin did not.

If anyone has any information on his whereabouts they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.  Anyone who is found to be assisting or harboring Ned will be charged accordingly, Mancuso said.

 The investigation is continuing and more charges and arrests are likely.