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Arrest made in Natchitoches Parish murder

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Joseph Besant III, aka/Monster, 35 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) Joseph Besant III, aka/Monster, 35 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
NATCHEZ, LA (KSLA) -

Natchitoches Sheriff's detectives say they have made an arrest in the parish's first homicide of 2013.

35-year-old Joseph Besant III of Natchitoches, also known as "Monster," is charged with one count of second degree murder in connection with the death of 32-year-old Derrick Wayne Howard, also known as "Duke."

Howard's body was discovered by a couple traveling on the Old River Road just north of Natchez on April 7. They called 911 to report finding the body lying in a field off of the roadway.

Howard's body was sent for an autopsy. His cause of death, if determined, has not yet been released.

Since April 7, Chief Investigator Greg Dunn says that Natchitoches Sheriff's detectives have been executing search warrants, interviewing persons of interest and collecting evidence to establish probably cause for an arrest in the case.

Besant was already incarcerated at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center un an unrelated charge when he was arrested on April 19 and charged with Howard's murder.

No bond has been set.

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