Man accused of killing owner of Big Lee's towing changes counsel, court date pushed

Man accused of killing owner of Big Lee's towing changes counsel, court date pushed

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of shooting and killing the owner of Big Lee's towing was due in court Friday morning, but the hearing was continued to another time.

Officials said Wayne Higgins and Lee Martin were feuding for years before the killing on Saturday. He was hoping to get his bond reduced.

Higgins originally was given a public defender, but has since obtained private attorney Kyle Schonekas.

No new date has been set.

Higgins was arrested and charged with second degree murder after Saturday morning's shooting. Deputies said Martin was watering his plants when he sprayed water on Higgins.

After exchanging some words, deputies said Martin then sprayed water inside Higgins vehicle.

According to deputies, that is when Higgins allegedly got out of his truck, pulled out a gun, and shot and killed Martin.

According to the report, deputies responded to Martin's Bonnabel home address many times over the years for different reasons and investigated eight complaints over a 10-year period.

Sheriff Lopinto described the men as feuding over anything and everything, and said there is surveillance video of the shooting.

FOX 8 legal analyst said that video will make all the difference in this case.

"The facts if that's true shouldn't be that much in dispute as far as what happened on the scene," said Joe Raspanti. "What may have some impact is the history between the two people or something that happened off camera but at the end of the day you're going to apply second degree murder, manslaughter and justifiable homicide and decide which one fits."

As of now, Higgins has not given a plea to his second degree murder charge.

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