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Clearing homicide cases

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

When it comes to Shreveport's 21 homicides so far in 2013, police have made arrests in 15 cases, the district attorney's office is reviewing warrants on another two and four are still open. That means SPD has cleared about 81% of 2013's current homicide cases.

In 2012, the department reported clearing 85% of the year's 20 homicides.

2011- another year with 20 homicide investigations- saw a 75% clearance rate.

"When a detective has an open case, they are always thinking about that case," says SPD's Bill Goodin. "[They're] thinking about, 'What can we do to identify and/or apprehend the suspect responsible?'"

Caddo CrimeStoppers recently renewed public attention in the decade old murder of Monica Harris with a series of billboards around Shreveport.

Jim Taliaferro says the anonymous tip line has netted a handful of promising leads in the weeks since the billboards went up.

"Right now we do have some clues as far as a possible suspect involved or people we may want to re-interview that are possibly incarcerated and may have some new information on the homicide of Monica Harris," Taliaferro says.

Taliaferro says the reaction to Harris' case is typical, but the results are not always so promising.

The billboards almost always result in CrimeStoppers calls, but sometimes tipsters are only revisiting previous information rather than creating new leads. That's what happened when the organization put up billboards for Stephanie Breaux and Luther Meshell.

"It just depends on what they find whenever they get into interviewing the persons that the tip suggests, you know, whether it's going to be fruitful or not," Taliaferro says.

It is estimated 85,000-100,000 thousand people saw Monica Harris' electronic billboard at the intersection of Youree Dr. and Bert Kouns Industrial Loop during its Labor Day weekend run.

There are still six static billboards up across Shreveport.

Caddo CrimeStoppers are also asking for public help on more than 30 other cases.

Victim and incident date:

 

  • Kayla Mayberry - 10/23/94
  • Henry Lee Johnson, Jr. - 8/12/89
  • Kevin Mitchell - 7/30/95
  • Kontrave Bryant - 8/18/98
  • Charles Johnson - 11/6/96
  • Kenneth Kay/Darrell Floyd - 4/6/86
  • John Paquette
  • Eddie Joe Hall - 7/28/73
  • Dorothy Gibson - 4/10/83
  • Shannon Johnson - 10/6/96
  • Joyce Williams - 12/15/96
  • Jerry W. Markay - 5/25/96
  • Merle W. Bryan - 2/7/97
  • Rammie Lafitte - 4/24/93
  • Thadius LaCour - 8/28/91
  • Gary Progue - 8/14/96
  • Donald Robinson - 3/7/96
  • Christopher Green - 1/28/96
  • Ullsa Maiden - 3/14/96
  • Durrosseu Howard - 5/5/96
  • Monica Guiden and Lyndell Dallas - 4/10/96
  • Alton Needham and Damieco Taylor
  • Raye Turner - 7/3/94
  • Mutrice L. Germany - 1/23/94
  • Erwin Brutus - 3/20/90
  • Angeline Allen - 5/14/96
  • Shirley Ann Clark - 5/29/95
  • Carlos Wheeler - 6/7/97
  • Justin Lee Edward
  • Derrick Jefferson - 1/9/99
  • Jeffrey Franklin - 11/24/01
  • Shaft Gay - 9/7/96

 

If you have any information on SPD's open cases, call Caddo CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.

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