Two Houma men charged in Raceland shooting death

Two Houma men charged in Raceland shooting death
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Two Houma men have been charged in connection to the early December shooting death of a 20-year-old man in Raceland.

Kendell Thibodeaux Jr. (age 21) of Houma, who was already in jail on a parole violation, faces multiple charges including second degree murder in the death of Tra'von Folse.

Jordan Williams of Houma is also charged with attempted murder and other charges following a chase that led to his capture Tuesday night.

Around 12:45 a.m. on December 6, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office received calls about several shooting victims at a house party on Market Street in Raceland.

The investigation revealed Thibodeaux made contact with Folse and shot him once in the abdomen at close range. He then turned and fired several shots at a 23-year-old man, striking him in the neck and arm.

Williams, meanwhile, allegedly began firing into the crowd at the party, striking two other victims. A 24-year-old man was shot in the neck, and a 20-year-old man was shot in the buttocks.

Folse died as a result of the shooting. The other shooting victims were treated and released.

Thibodeaux had been in jail since December 18 due to a parole violation, and on Monday, December 28, he was charged with second degree battery after he punched another inmate in the face, knocking him out.

On Tuesday, December 29, he was booked on charges of second degree murder, attempted second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His bond on all charges was set at $805,000, but he is still being held without bond on the parole violation.

On Tuesday night, investigators learned Jordan Williams was in the South Lafourche area. At 11:35 p.m., they discovered him at a truck stop in Larose.

As investigators arrived on scene, Williams fled in a tan sedan heading north on LA Highway 308.

During the ensuing chase deputies and detectives observed two objects tossed from the vehicle, which eventually came to a stop at the T-Bois Lift Bridge in Larose. A handgun and a magazine were later recovered by investigators.

After stopping, Williams got out of the car with his hands raised, and he was taken into custody.

A passenger in the car, Ariona Walker, 21, of Houma, was also in the vehicle. Walker allegedly assisted Williams in trying to get rid of the firearm.

Williams is charged with attempted second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the shooting. He also faces charges stemming from Tuesday's incident, including a second count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight from an officer, obstruction of justice, reckless operation of a vehicle, and driving without a license.

His bond on the initial charges was set at $300,000 by warrant, but bond amounts stemming from the chase are still pending.

Walker is charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Her bond has not yet been set.