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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Three men arrested for murder

  • Three Morehouse Parish men were indicted on charges of second degree murder from a 2006 death of a Collinston women
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  • Stanley Mitchell, John Williams and Renwick Jackson were all indicted on the charges in the death of Mattie Williams occurring in August, 2006. Jackson and Williams were arrested earlier this year on charges of home invasion and obstruction of justice in the case and have remained in the Morehouse Parish jail. Williams was reported missing on August 28, 2006, when a family member could not get in touch with her and called the MPSO. A deputy was dispatched to her home in Collinston and noticed what appeared to be blood on the outside of the residence. When he could not get Williams to answer the door, investigators where called and a search of the home showed where there had been a struggle but Williams was not located. Sheriff's deputies as well as Collinston residents began a search for Williams, whose body was located the next day in a wooded area approximately four miles from her home. In June, 2009, in an effort to gain new information, deputies handed out flyers and spoke to Collinston residents about the case. Some leads where discovered, but nothing panned out according to Tubbs. "We have stayed in close contact with the family of Mrs. Williams from the time she was found and as the case has continued," Sheriff Mike Tubbs said. "Some information we have had since the beginning of the case and some information as well as some retesting of evidence happened this year. Retired Mayor Terry Wyatt and Inv. Mitchell Jeselink have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point." With the arrests, Tubbs as well as Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones hope to bring some closure for the family of Mattie Williams. "I am glad the family has received a measure of closure on this case," Jones said. "However, that closure will not be complete until this case is tried and we will do our best to bring it to trial as soon as practical." Jones said Assistant District Attorney Steve Sylvester will be the lead attorney on the case. "We are in the very early stages of prosecuting this case and, at this time, I can make very few comments regarding it," Sylvester said. The men are being held on bonds for $350,000. Also in the Morehouse jail is Torre Hubert, 5715 Stephenson Rd., following a two-car accident where a Transylvania women was killed. Hubert was allegedly operating a vehicle traveling west on La. 2 on June 23 when he crossed the center line, striking a vehicle driven by Tommie Waller of Transylvania head on. Waller suffered fatal injuries due to the impact and a passenger in her vehicle, Vicky Wilson, was transported to Morehouse General Hospital and later airlifted to LSU in Shreveport. Huber was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by Bastrop Fire and Rescue and the Mer Rouge Volunteer Fire Department. He was also transported to the hospital. A voluntary blood alcohol test was given to Huber and alcohol was found inside his vehicle. Upon his release from the hospital, Huber was taken into custody by the Louisiana State Police on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, driving left of center, suspended driver's license, no insurance, switched license plate, open container in vehicle and failure to register vehicle.
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