16 posts tagged Amite

Donna Bahm Case

Hustler only exploited Donna Bahm murder

Around 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 1988, the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on the Tickfaw River. Swimmers discovered the body of Donna Lynn Bahm, a 31-year-old Amite attorney missing two days and found under a bridge on Louisiana Highway 1045 near Hillsdale.

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Selonia Reed Case

Reed murder suspects plead not guilty

Former Hammond mayoral candidate Reginald Reed, and a homeless man, Jimmy Ray Barnes, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1987 death of Reed’s wife, 29-year-old Selonia Ophelia Smith Reed. Their next court date is August 28.

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International Trade Mart

Clay Bertrand dead at age 80

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, eighty-year-old Claiborne Roy Bertrand died in a nursing home in Opelousas, Louisiana. “Clay” Bertrand’s death came nine months after I met him and fifty-two years after New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison assured the world that he never existed.

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Homeless Search

Homeless murder suspect found in Atlanta

Hammond residents know Reginald Reed as a former city mayoral candidate, but few knew the name Jimmy Ray Barnes before his indictment last week. Last Friday, 21st Judicial District Judge Charlotte Foster issued arrest warrants for Reginald Lathan Reed, 59, and Jimmy Ray Barnes, 60, after a Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury charged both men with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in a 1987 homicide – the butchering of Reginald Reed’s 26-year-old wife, Selonia Ophelia Smith Reed.

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Drug-dealer killed by modern-day Bonnie and Clyde

According to 1987 court testimony, a couple in Tangipahoa Parish robbed a drug dealer and then shot him in the head. Four police officers also testified in court that day, describing how law enforcement had discovered Tally’s burned car in nearby Livingston Parish and how the murder weapon—the .38 caliber handgun—had never been found.

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Hermina Reed

Husband arrested in brutal wife murder

Newspapers described Hermina Reed, 26, as a “curvaceous, pretty young woman, whose olive complexion, fashionable clothing, and jeweled fingers attracted attention wherever she went.” Amite Attorney Amos L. Ponder described Reed’s murder as “the most ghoulish South Louisiana had ever witnessed.” Police charged her husband, Leroy Reed—a 40-year-old carpenter and part-time taxi driver from Amite—with “disfiguring his wife’s face beyond recognition” by repeatedly swinging a ship’s carpentry hammer found at the scene. Reed told police he only discovered his ...

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