A suspect has been arrested for the shooting death of an 18-year-old male in the Dogwood South subdivision.
Taylor Jackson Kerley, 18, of the 100 block of BodcauLoop, was arrested on warrant charges of one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated second degree battery, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Kerley was taken into custody in the Greenwood area without incident Saturday morning by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
BPSO detectives and crime scene investigators have been investigating the shooting death since 3:20 a.m. Friday morning. Law enforcement officers from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Greenwood Police Department assisted in the investigation.
“Detectives determined that Kerley arrived at the residence of Johnathan Bothwell, 18, at the 100 block of Dogwood South Lane, around 3:15 a.m. Friday in a scheme detectives believe was a ‘drug rip,’ where the supposed drug deal was actually intended to be a robbery,” Lt. Bill Davis, spokesman for the BPSO said in a release.
“During the robbery, Bothwell was shot and killed in the residence. There were other family members in the residence, and Kerley battered one of the other adults in the house before fleeing the scene,” Lt. Davis added.
Bossier investigators have recovered a firearm believed to be used in the shooting.
Kerley was initially booked into the Caddo Correctional Center Saturday morning and then transported to Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives’ offices to be interviewed. He was then transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking, where he faces a total of $875,000 bond ($750,000 on the murder charge and $125,000 on the battery charge).
Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation.