Murder

A 26-year-old Beaumont man arrested for killing a homeless woman in June has been indicted on capital murder charges by a Jefferson County Grand Jury Sept. 26.

Brandon Julian Coleman has been charged with the capital murder of 54-year-old Catherine Dungan, who was found bound at a local park and who had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Sept. 25 that Adam Emanuel Fuller, 36, pleaded guilty to murder in the January 6, 2015, shooting death of 27-year-old Derek Allen Phillips of Beaumont.

Following the shooting, the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reported that Phillips was discovered dead by his roommate at their shared residence in the 1300 block of Central Drive in Beaumont. Initial reports of the murder indicated that after waking from a nap, Phillips’ roommate found him unresponsive and bleeding profusely before calling 911 at 9:42 p.m.

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A 24-year-old Beaumont man is facing murder charges after he was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 20.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Grand Street in reference to a shooting victim at about 11 p.m. on June 29, according to the probable cause (PC) affidavit for arrest. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds lying in the grassy area near the apartment complex. Police identified the man as 35-year-old Cedathion Rashard Dill. 

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Robert Lewis, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted in Jefferson County for murder Sept. 20. Lewis was originally arrested for the crime on Aug. 11 after police responded to a report of a disturbance on Pine Street and found the suspect at the location with a man who had apparently been strangled.

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Steven Wayne McDowell

On Saturday, August 26, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a welfare concern for 37 year old Crystal Seratte McDowell, of west Chambers County. 

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Leroy Jackson

Thursday, Aug. 31, at approximately 3:26 a.m., officers responded to the Travel Inn at 2690 I-10 E. in reference to a welfare check. Upon arrival, they located a woman with a gunshot wound to her head. The suspect was located shortly after police received the call. He was identified as Leroy Jackson, a 23-year-old Beaumont man. Jackson was arrested for murder and transported to Jefferson County Jail.

The victim was identified Taylor R. Matte, a 17-year-old Beaumont woman.

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Boyd “Lurch” Hagood
Ashlyn Brown

On August 2, around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

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Deremick Jamaal Hunter

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 7:29 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 5000 block of Brace Street in reference to a victim of a shooting, Officer Carol Riley said in a release.

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Robert Lewis

On August 11, at 6:58 p.m. Robert Lewis, 62, of Beaumont, was arrested for the murder of George Erwin, a 63 year old Beaumont man, Officer Carol Riley said in a release.

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The double murder of 83-year-old Richard Ames and 85-year-old Edna Phillips, who were violently stabbed to death at Ames' Vidor home in 2015, shocked and appalled the small community with the police chief at the time, Dave Shows, describing the killings as "the most senseless, brutal murders" he'd ever seen as a longtime law enforcer.

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