Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hammond man pleads no contest to conspiracy to commit murder

Hammond man pleads no contest to conspiracy to commit murder
Posted: Feb 7, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux

Amite- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 28-year-old William Wilson, of Hammond, LA pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit second degree murder in the death of Brian Chester.

On April 7, 2014, Hammond Police Officers were dispatched to an address on Phoenix Square in reference to a shooting. The victim, Brian Chester, had been shot and died shortly after as a result of his injuries. Detectives began investigating the crime scene and it was observed that the victim’s cellphone was missing.

In the early hours of April 8, 2014, detectives were able to retrieve the victim’s phone records where they were able to pin point the last number that contacted the victim just prior to the murder.

Through phone records it was learned that the number had called Blue Beacon Truck Wash several times the day before. Detectives proceeded over to Blue Beacon Truck Wash and spoke with a manager who advised that the number belonged to William Wilson who is an employee at the truck wash and was at work.

Detectives attempted to make contact with Wilson but he fled and was unable to locate him. Afterwards, detectives proceeded to Wilson’s residence where contact was made with family members, and it was determined that he contacted them after the murder occurred.

One of Wilson’s family members was interviewed and gave detectives permission to search his phone. A text message from Wilson to the family member stated that a situation went bad and he had to shoot Brian Chester.

Wilson came into Hammond Police Department to speak with detectives. During the interview Wilson advised that he was at the victim’s residence prior to the murder to purchase narcotics, but stated that he did not shoot the victim. Detectives also learned that another male named John Perry may have been with Wilson during the murder. Perry was interviewed at which time he admitted that he and Wilson went to the residence and Wilson went inside of the residence with the victim. At this time a struggle occurred and Wilson shot the victim. Perry advised that he and Wilson then both took off running.

William Wilson was sentenced to 25 years with the department of corrections without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. He received credit for time served.

John Perry is also charged with one count of second degree murder in this case. His next court date is February 27, 2019 for a pre-trial hearing

Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malnar represented the state in this case.

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