Five arrested in Slidell murder; shooting was result of botched robbery

Published: Sep. 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2013 at 1:36 AM CDT
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Slidell, La. - A murder investigation in Slidell has led to the arrest of five people.

At a Wednesday morning news conference, Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith announced the arrests for the murder of 23 year-old Leighton Powe Jr. last weekend.

Police say around 5:15pm last Saturday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a dead body on Javery Road. Shortly after, a second call was made to police  in reference to a burning truck on Camelot Drive.

Around the same time, Powe's girlfriend reported him missing. As police started their investigation, it was discovered that Powe was shot in the rear parking lot of Dollar General on Robert Boulevard. Through the investigation, police found that the shooting was a result of a botched, premeditated robbery.

Police discovered that 17 year-old Ki'Shiun Griffin hatched a plan to rob Powe of his marijuana.

Griffin sent 20 year-old Felix Adams Jr., 20 year-old Bobby Isidore, and 19 year-old Trenton Johnson to commit the robbery.

The victim met the suspects behind the Dollar General and got into Johnson's truck.

At some point, the robbery went wrong and Adams pulled out a .38 revolver and shot Powe once in the head.

The suspects then fled, dumped the victim's body, and then set Johnson's truck on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Johnson later report his truck stolen to Slidell Police. Darion Causey,20, who also played a role in the robbery, assisted the suspect's in destroying evidence.

Felix Adams Jr., Bobby Isidore, and Trenton Johnson are each charged with charged with first degree murder.

Ki'Shion Griffin is charged with principal to first degree murder, while Darion Causey is charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder.