- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Officers investigating a 29-year-old bludgeoning death have arrested a man who was accused of the killing in 1987 but then released, Lake Charles Police Chief Donald Dixon said Wednesday.

Dixon didn’t say what evidence led to Wednesday’s arrest of 53-year-old Harry James Richard, whose bond was set at $1.1 million. Nor did he say whether the evidence was related to the exhumation in July of the remains of 75-year-old Noah Breaux.

“This has been a long process, going back and re-interviewing potential witnesses,” he said during a news conference livestreamed by KPLC-TV (https://bit.ly/2hmwLbb ). “We exhumed the body. We wanted to do that with regard to dignity and involve the family.”

Breaux’s son, Charles Breaux, and daughter-in-law, Sue Breaux, attended the news conference, Dixon said.

He said Richard wants an attorney before talking to investigators.

“We do not know who his attorney is yet. He just invoked his right,” Lt. Richard Harrell, a police spokesman, wrote in response to an emailed query.

Breaux’s body was found in his house after a fire March 15, 1987.

Police arrested Breaux’s granddaughter, Vera Leithead, and Richard, who was her boyfriend. But the case was dropped.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus told KPLC-TV earlier this year that a witness who had implicated them changed her story.

Leithead has since died, Harrell said in his email.


Information from: KPLC-TV, https://kplctv.com

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