Nederland man pleads guilty to murder

Kurt Ray Kasper Jr.


A Nederland man could spend the next 20 years behind bars after stabbing another man to death in February 2012. 

Kurt Ray Kasper Jr. was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury March 1, 2012, and pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 2, to murdering Timothy James Melancon. 

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, Nederland police were called to 324 N. 15th St. in reference to a stabbing Feb. 15, 2012. When they arrived, they found Melancon face down in the street with a single stab wound to the chest. 

When they entered the home, police found Kasper inside along with the weapon he had used to stab Melancon. According to the probable cause affidavit, Kasper told police he stabbed Melancon because he “had a vision that (Melancon) was going to rape a female.” 

After stabbing Melancon, witnesses said Kasper “went to the bathroom, washed the blood off the knife, returned it to the scabbard and placed it in his belt line,” and waited calmly for police to arrive, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

Melancon was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he later died of a stab wound to the chest. 

Police later interviewed Kasper’s mother, who told police her son had just been released from Baptist Behavioral Center due to “mental issues” and because he “sees things that are not there,” according to the probable cause affidavit. 

Kasper was mentally evaluated before pleading guilty. 

With a plea of guilty, Kasper avoids facing a jury and a possible 5 to 99 years or life in prison if convicted. 

His sentencing is Sept. 30 in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court.