Bayou Vista murder suspect faces sex charges

BAYOU VISTA, La. — A 21-year-old Bayou Vista man, who was charged with first-degree murder in April, was arrested Tuesday after a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s detective learned that the man twice had sex with a 16-year-old girl, according to Sheriff Mark Hebert.

Charles Douglas Chandler II, 21, of Sun Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant for two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

On May 28, a detective with St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a report of a possible rape, Hebert stated.

The detective learned that Chandler had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl twice at his residence on Sun Road, Hebert stated. The two encounters took place in March.

Chandler was already in jail at the time of his arrest. He remains in jail with no bail.

Chandler was arrested April 29 and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wade Blackburn, 18, of Bayou Vista. St. Mary Parish deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired on Columbus Avenue in Bayou Vista around 12:45 a.m. April 29 and found Blackburn unresponsive at the scene. Blackburn was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish coroner.

Chandler was also arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon at the time of his first-degree murder arrest along with charges for possession of marijuana third offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, monetary instrument abuse and possession of a legend drug without a prescription (Fioricet).

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