2 men accused in brutal beating charged with murder of Slidell woman

2 men accused in brutal beating charged with murder of Slidell woman
The NOPD has issued arrest warrants for two subjects wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in the Fifth District. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two Slidell arrested in August for allegedly beating a man nearly to death are now charged with killing a woman.

In the early morning hours of Thursday (Aug. 20) a man was found severely injured in a remote area off Bayou Paquet Rd. near Slidell. The man was stabbed and beaten to near death, police said.

Throughout the investigation, it was discovered the crime occurred at an apartment in the 1800 block of Fifth St. in Slidell.

Police said two Slidell men, 27-year-old, Dylan Craddock and 32-year-old, Cody Matthews, severely beat and stabbed the victim at the Fifth St. apartment, then took him to a remote area to dispose of his body.

The victim survived, was able to seek help, and was transported to a hospital. The victim has since been released and is recovering from his injuries.

At the end of last week, both Craddock and Matthews were arrested for: Attempted First Degree Murder and Second-Degree Kidnapping. Both were booked into the Slidell City Jail and have since been transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

While investigating this case, it was discovered that an acquaintance of the victim, 25-year-old, Brooke Buchler, was missing from the same Fifth St. apartment, where the male victim was beaten several days earlier.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, New Orleans Police contacted Slidell Police and said they located Brooke Buchler deceased inside the abandoned Naval Support Activity complex in New Orleans. Buchler’s death has been classified as a homicide.

The fatal shooting occurred on August 23, 2020 in the 4400 block of Dauphine Street, according to the NOPD.

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