CHALMETTE, La. - St. Bernard Sheriff's deputies arrested a man and woman for the stabbing death of a 68-year-old Chalmette man, whose body was discovered in his apartment Sunday.
Joseph Spurlock, 68, of 3313 LaPlace Drive, may have been stabbed as early as Friday, deputies said. Someone from his employer, Bayou State Security, went to his home on Sunday after he didn't show up for work.
According to St. Bernard deputies, the two suspects were carrying a credit card belonging to Spurlock, when deputies arrested them at a Chalmette trailer park, within hours of his body being found inside his apartment. The victim's missing SUV was also located by New Orleans Police.
The suspects were identified as Shari Head, 43, and Chris Geeting, 39. Both were booked with first-degree murder, according to a news release from St. Bernard Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann.
Head was friends with the victim, Joseph Spurlock. Geeting had allegedly been staying with Head at the Chalmette trailer park.
Spurlock died of several stab wounds to the upper part of his body, Pohlmann said.
The victim was likely killed sometime early Friday morning after neighbors heard a woman’s voice in the apartment, the sheriff said.
Head has a criminal history including arrests for shoplifting, prostitution, theft and currently was sought on a warrant alleging armed robbery by New Orleans police, St. Bernard authorities said.
Because she knew the victim and because of her criminal history, Head was being sought for questioning in the murder when sheriff’s detectives found her and Geeting at the trailer park.
Geeting, who also was booked with shoplifting with Head in St. Tammany Parish, has a criminal history that includes serving prison time for drug and theft convictions, deputies said.