Port Arthur teen indicted for murder

Port Arthur teen indicted for murder

An 18-year-old Port Arthur man has been indicted for murder Dec. 5 related to the March 4 shooting death of 18-year-old Kevonn J. Washington.

Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) arrested James Earl Holloway Nov. 13 and charged him with Washington’s murder. Washington was found deceased at the Lakeview Palms Apartments, located at 5200 Gulfway Dr., having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

According to PAPD Det. Sadie Guedry, investigators with her department worked alongside investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in a joint effort to identify and bring to justice those responsible for Washington's death. Additional arrests are expected in Washington's murder, according to police. Holloway and Washington had reportedly been involved in a long-standing dispute. 

In the affidavit for his arrest, Holloway allegedly “used female acquaintances to lure Washington to the Lakeview Palm Apartments” under the false pretense that, when he got the apartment complex, Washington was invited to “engage in a sex act with one of the females.”

“It is believed Holloway was lying in wait,” and then sprung, wrote PAPD Detective Patricia Mendez, shooting Washington multiple times. The affidavit describes that when Washington ran to get away after being shot the first time, Holloway then “stands over top of him and shoots him multiple times.”

Holloway was indicted on first-degree murder charges. He faces five to 99 years in prison if convicted.