Justin Sepulvado, Kerry St. Martin, Leah Meshell

Justin Sepulvado, Kerry St. Martin, Leah Meshell

BENTON, La. -- A Bossier City man has been arrested in connection with the March shooting death of a man found dead in his front yard after a family get-together.

Justin C. Sepulvado, 29, of the 1300 block of Lampkin St., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Caleb Pippenger of Benton.

Sepulvado, a convicted sex offender, was arrested Monday afternoon by Bossier Parish sheriff's SWAT members during a search of his residence that's located within 1,000 feet of nearby Meadowview Elementary School. Deputies also had arrest warrants for Sepulvado, who was considered possibly armed and dangerous.  

Bossier detectives found suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, grinders, baggies, a smoking pipe and a stolen moped valued at $2,000 at Sepulvado's house, authorities said. 

In addition to homicide, Sepulvado is also charged with the following:

  • Illegal possession of stolen things
  • Possession of Schedule II (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Schedule I (marijuana)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Unlawful presence of a sex offender
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia on a warrant from the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on a warrant from state Probation and Parole.

Bossier detectives also arrested two others, Kerry St. Martin, 40, and Leah N. Meshell, 29, who lived with Sepulvado. Martin ran and tried to escape from the backyard but was captured by SWAT members. Meshell, who had left the home prior to the search, was picked up by Bossier patrol deputies.

Martin and Meshell each are charged with illegal possession of stolen things, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martin is additionally charged with resisting an officer. 

They were all taken to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking just before midnight. Sepulvado’s bond is currently set at $525,000. St. Martin’s bond is $6,500. Meshell’s bond is set at $7,000.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation.

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