ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a third person in connection with a deadly incident that occurred Saturday evening along the West Pearl River. Detectives have also increased the charges against a previously arrested suspect.
Blaine Manalle, 20, of Slidell, was arrested Monday evening for one count of second-degree murder. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on June 9, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an incident that occurred on a sand bar along the West Pearl River just south of the Davis Landing Boat Launch.
When deputies arrived they learned that a disturbance between two large groups of people became physical. Jeffery Howell, 46, of Pearl River, died as a result of injuries he sustained in the altercation.
The morning of June 10, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office arrested two Slidell men in connection with the incident. Cameron Alphonso, 21, was arrested on one count of manslaughter. Alden Kindergran, 23, was arrested for one count of disturbing the peace. Both were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Kindergran was released that afternoon on a $750 bond.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy Monday morning, ruling Howell's death a homicide and listing the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
On Monday (June 11), after obtaining additional witness statements and reviewing the results of the autopsy, the charge against Alphonso was upgraded to second-degree murder.
STPSO detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and collect facts and information that could lead to additional arrests. The investigation is active and ongoing.
"I applaud the hard work, dedication and exhaustive efforts of our detectives who have worked long hours and interviewed in excess of 40 people in an effort to establish the probable cause necessary to make an additional arrest in connection with what took place Saturday evening," Sheriff Randy Smith said.