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Boy, 16, arrested in shooting death of Waskom man

By Robin Y. Richardson
Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:40 a.m.

WASKOM - A 16-year-old boy arrested for manslaughter in connection with the weekend shooting death of a Waskom man is scheduled to appear before Harrison County Court-at-Law Judge Jim Ammerman today for a detention hearing.

"He will be taken before Judge Ammerman for a detention hearing to determine if he should (legally) be detained," said Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon, noting the detainment would be for a period of no more than 14 days.

The juvenile suspect, who is from Marshall, is currently being held at Willoughby Juvenile Detention Center.

The DA explained that a detention hearing can be held every 14 days in order for the juvenile court to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for continued detention of a child.

The teenager was arrested by Waskom Police Department after the department received a call regarding a possible shooting in the 200 block of Lee Circle around 3:07 a.m. on Saturday.

Waskom Police Chief Rex Hawsey said upon arrival to the scene, they discovered a wounded Hispanic male, identified as 23-year-old Jose Luis Lopez, of Waskom.

"We've arrested a 16-year-old Hispanic male," said Hawsey, adding the young suspect was charged with manslaughter.

Hawsey said the victim was taken by Waskom EMS to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., where he later died.

"It's an ongoing investigation," Hawsey said, adding he does not know the relationship between the victim and suspect and that he could not release any further details.



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