Confession leads to arrest in killing of a 64-year-old Galliano man

Confession leads to arrest in killing of a 64-year-old Galliano man

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A Golden Meadow man was arrested Sunday after he admitted his involvement in the killing of a 64-year-old Galliano man.

Cameron Sands, 25 was taken into custody after he confessed to Lafourche Parish authorities for his part in the murder of Wayne Matherne, 64, of Galliano who was killed early Friday morning.

Around 11:15 a.m. Friday, a meal-delivery worker arrived at Matherne's home and found him unresponsive. Deputies and other emergency responders arrived at the scene, but Matherne was later pronounced dead.

Investigators discovered Matherne had head trauma, including several lacerations on the top of his head.

Detectives began questioning neighbors and discovered Cameron Sands was a frequent visitor to Matherne's residence. They also learned he was at Matherne's home early Friday morning.

During the investigation, detectives learned Sands had been admitted to a hospital later Friday morning but were initially unable to speak to him because of his condition.

Investigators obtained warrants to search the clothing Sands was wearing when he entered the hospital and they discovered what appeared to be blood stains on his clothing.

Sands was released from the hospital early Sunday and transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station for questioning.

During questioning, Sands told detectives he arrived at Matherne's residence during the early morning hours of Friday, November 4 and a verbal altercation ensued.

Sands told investigators that, at one point, Matherne told Sands he was going to retrieve a gun from his bedroom. Sands said, in fear, he pushed Matherne back onto the sofa where he was sitting. He then struck Matherne on the head twice with his cane.

Sands told detectives that when Matherne tried to get up again, he grabbed a wooden statue nearby and struck him in the head twice more.

Sands said he tried to wipe the statue clean before leaving the residence. He admittedly did not tell anyone about the incident, nor did he call 911 to get assistance for Matherne.

Sands is charged with second-degree murder and was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

His bond is set at $500,000.

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