Three arrested in LaPlace Homicide Investigation

Date: October 11, 2017

Clarensio Bolden

Deschad Matthews

Ronte Murray

Three St. John Parish men have been arrested following the shooting death of 22-year-old Shane Chopin on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in LaPlace. Arrested were Clarensio Lintrell Bolden, 26, of Garyville, Deschad Matthews, 21, of LaPlace, and Ronte Murray, 19, of LaPlace.

Bolden was arrested for second degree murder (felony) on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Bolden, who has been arrested more than 10 times in St. John Parish since 2008, is being held in custody in lieu of a $125,000 bond.

Based on investigation, detectives obtained a judicial warrant for Murray’s arrest, and he was booked October 10, 2017 for principal to second degree murder. He is being held in custody in lieu of an $80,000 bond. In July 2016, Murray was arrested for attempted second degree murder for his involvement in a shooting at a graduation party in LaPlace.

Matthews was arrested Monday, October 9, 2017 and charged with principal to second degree murder. He is being held in custody in lieu of an $80,000 bond.

At about 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017 deputies responded to a shooting in the 800 block of West Airline Highway in LaPlace. Upon arrival, deputies located Chopin behind a garbage dumpster, on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his body. Emergency medical services attempted to provide aid, but the subject passed away at the scene.

Through investigation, detectives developed Bolden, Matthews and Murray as suspects. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said more arrests are pending in the investigation, which has proceeded through some misinformation provided by residents.

"Apparently, some people want to lie and provide an alibi for these individuals,” Tregre said. “They will go to jail. They are trying to give us alibis and say they were not there at the time of the homicide.”

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens with information about this incident that call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at


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