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Suspect charged with murder in heroin death of 41-year-old

Suspect charged with murder in heroin death of 41-year-old

Author: Action News 17/Friday, August 2, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime


Bogalusa Police announced the arrest of William M. Thomas III, who is charged with 1 Count Second Degree Murder and
1 Count of Distribution of Heroin.

On July 30, 2019 officers of the Bogalusa Police Department answered a call of an unresponsive subject, in the 600 block of Ontario Avenue. Initial responding officers learned of a 41-year-old male subject that was on the scene and deceased.

On July 31, 2019, Detectives of the Bogalusa Police Department began the investigation into the death of the male subject, later identified as Jamie Wilson. Multiple witnesses were interviewed, and it was determined that a known acquaintance to Jamie Wilson, identified as 47-year-old William “Billy” Thomas, purchased and gave Jamie heroin that subsequently led to Jamie overdosing, and ultimately to his death.

“Billy” Thomas was interviewed and subsequently confessed to providing Jamie with the heroin. Thomas was charged under LRS 14:30.1 with Second Degree Murder. Thomas was also charged with the Distribution of Heroin.

The Investigation will continue as detectives seek the identity of the person who sold the heroin to William Thomas.

There are clear provisions in the Louisiana Revised Statutes that prohibit the dissemination of any controlled dangerous substance to another, whereas great bodily harm or death is caused to the recipient. The Bogalusa Police Department will actively investigate and pursue criminal charges against those who wish to distribute narcotics to others, and this includes not only heroin or cocaine, but also any controlled dangerous substance, including prescription medication.

If anyone has information on the identity of the person who may have sold the heroin to “Billy” Thomas, or the identity of anyone actively selling heroin in Bogalusa or the surrounding area, is asked to contact the detectives at 985-732-6238.
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