20-year-old shooter gets 40 years for murder

Logan Carter

A drug deal gone wrong that led to murder in Port Arthur resulted in a 40-year-sentence for a 20-year-old man, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office announced July 8. According to a the DA's office, Logan Carter was sentenced Friday in the shooting death of 42-year-old Michael Blanchard that occurred on September 29, 2015.

Information from prosecutors indicates that on the date of the murder, Carter was the front right passenger in a vehicle with two other occupants. Blanchard and another occupant argued over an illegal drug transaction. Carter then produced a handgun and fired multiple shots at Blanchard, who was in the backseat and unarmed at the time. 

Blanchard’s body was discovered on the morning of September 29, 2015, dumped behind a business adjacent to the 4200 block of Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur. Video evidence showed the car in which Carter was found had stopped briefly behind the business in the exact location where the body was discovered. Officers received a call reporting a handgun found in a ditch at James Avenue and 16th Street. They believed then that it was the weapon used in the shooting.

Police located Carter the following day, Sept. 30, 2015, and he volunteered to accompany detectives to Port Arthur Police Department. While in custody, he confessed to shooting Blanchard. Carter led detectives to where he threw the weapon used in the homicide. It was the exact location where officers discovered the handgun the day before, reported prosecutors.

Carter was on probation for aggravated assault at the time of the homicide, and received 20 years in prison for that charge. He was also sentenced to 40 years for the murder charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

This case was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mike Laird.

Laird stated, “This was a senseless killing over a small amount of drugs. Mr. Blanchard had children. All those lives ruined for what? This is too sad.”