METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said two Metairie neighbors, 78-year-old Wayne Higgins and 54-year-old Lee Martin, owner of Big Lee's Towing, had been feuding for years over anything and everything. That feud ended Saturday when Higgins shot and killed Martin.
FOX 8 viewed the police reports for all previous incidents involving Martin. According to police records, deputies responded to Martin's Bonnabel Boulevard home many times over the years for different reasons, and they investigated eight complaints over a 10-year period. One of the police reports involved Martin's neighbor, but it's unclear if that neighbor was Higgins. The Sheriff's Office did confirm that they responded to a complaint call in March of this year that involved Higgins and Martin.
Saturday morning, deputies said Martin was watering his plants when he sprayed water on Higgins' truck, and then sprayed inside the vehicle when Higgins rolled down his window. That's when deputies said Higgins got out of his truck and shot and killed Martin.
Higgins remains jailed on a second-degree murder charge. Sheriff Lopinto said there is surveillance video of the incident.
"The facts shouldn't be that much in dispute as far as what happened on the scene. What may have some impact is the history between the two people or something that happened off camera," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.
Higgins' bond was set at $500,000.