Patterson murder suspect arrested

PATTERSON, La. -- A suspect in a Patterson murder has been arrested in New Orleans, according to a report from television station KATC of Lafayette.

Authorities arrested 46-year-old Junior Weston late Wednesday night at a Claiborne Avenue residence and charged him with the first-degree murder of Dominique Bennett, stated the report.

Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle refused to discuss the case with The Daily Review reporter.

KATC reported that Weston was awaiting transportation to Patterson jail.

Weston was released from the Orleans Parish Jail at 4:02 a.m. today, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

As of about 9:30 a.m., Weston had not been reported in the Patterson Police Department’s arrest log book.

The body of a woman was found in a Patterson apartment complex Wednesday, according to a report on KATC of Lafayette.

Police found the body of 26-year-old Dominique Bennett shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after breaking down the door to her Williams Street apartment, according to the KATC report.

LaSalle told KATC that his office received a call from a neighbor who could not reach Bennett and feared for her safety.

LaSalle told KATC that Bennett had been dead for several days.

LaSalle has refused to provide information to The Daily Review after the first “Most Wanted” story was published in the newspaper in September.

In that story it was reported that “The Patterson Police Department declined to participate in the ‘Most Wanted’ feature.”

LaSalle said he would not speak to the reporter until The Daily Review apologizes for its “lies.”

Patterson police were contacted by email and phone with requests to submit subjects for the “Most Wanted” story.

Weston was released from prison in March after serving nearly 16 years for forcible rape, according to the state sex offender registry. His address is listed as Williams Street in Patterson, the same street as the victim.

The person who answered the phone at the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office did not release any information regarding the case and attempts today to reach Coroner F.H. Metz Jr. were unsuccessful.

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