Arrest made in Beauregard deputy’s death

Marrero man charged with second-degree murder; no bond set

A Marrero man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Beauregard Parish deputy, according to authorities.

Phil Oliver, 35, was charged on Thursday with second-degree murder of 24 year-old Marquita Wright.

According to DeRidder Police Chief John Gott, Oliver is an ex-boyfriend of Wright.

Oliver was taken into custody at 4:50 p.m. in Jefferson Parish by Louisiana State Police.

Gott said the arrest was made based on the investigation by the combined efforts of the DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshall’s Task Force.

Oliver was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail with no bond set. He will be transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail at a later day, Gott said.

A conviction of second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The investigation is ongoing, Gott said, and any information on the murder is still being welcomed by detectives.

BPSO Chief Deputy Joe Toler said that, on behalf of his deputies, he was relieved to hear an arrest had been made. “I am deeply relieved that the person responsible for the tragic death of one of our own has been arrested,” Toler stated.

Wright was found shot outside her home just before 5 a.m. the morning of Aug.

27. Authorities said that she had just returned home after finishing her night shift as a BPSO dispatcher.””Arrested Phil Oliver

Local News

Jeff Davis Police Jury members vote to give themselves raises

Local News

Authorities trying to identify body found in shed

Local News

Area woman recipient of National Caregiver of Year Award

Local News

US 165 closure planned next week

Crime

1 of 2 abducted La. children found dead after mother killed

McNeese Sports

Schroyer named to national committees

Local News

17 state AGs sue Biden administration for allowing foreign farmworkers to unionize

Local News

Rounds of storms possible as tropical disturbance expected to move into Gulf

Local News

La. Supreme Court reverses ‘lookback window’ decision

life

Alligator Park closed due to high water

Business

Preserving the past: Ryan Street historic district could become reality

life

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Family fun, fireworks, food and more in lineup for area’s 4-day celebration

Local News

Jennings City Council considering whether to increase salaries for mayor, council members

Local News

Contentious Iowa Council meeting ends with abrupt adjournment

life

Feel the Wheels at the Moss Bluff Library

Local News

NBA great Jerry West dies at 86

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Pet projects have long lives

Crime

Local man pleads guilty to 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile

Local News

Student-run coffee company opens after a ‘latte’ collaboration

life

PHOTO GALLERY: Coushatta Pow Wow

Local News

I-10 bridge eastbound lane closed for emergency repairs

Crime

Attorney general: Speed enforcement cameras in Oberlin OK

Crime

BREAKING: Hunter Biden convicted on all 3 felony counts

Local News

Homeward-bound athletes: Return to resume college careers with fresh start