HOUMA, La. – A teen is in jail after he confessed to murdering a man over prescription pills, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Travis Clements, 22, of Chauvin, was shot once in the chest while visiting friends at a home in the 400 block of Lake Crescent Circle in Houma around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Capt. Dawn Foret. Clements was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Brendon Marcel, 17, of Bayou Blue, called 911 and confessed to shooting Clements after authorities arrived, Foret said.
He is charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence. His bond was set at $500,000.
Detectives say Marcel's 22-year-old girlfriend invited the two men into the home, which she shares with her parents who were out of town at the time.
Marcel accused Clements of stealing his girlfriend’s prescription drugs, resulting in a verbal argument that escalated into the shooting, said Foret.
Foret declined to reveal the girlfriend's identity but said she had a legal prescription for the drugs.
Detectives say the gun Marcel used belongs to his girlfriend's parents. They do not face charges.
“A lot of murders we see here and everywhere else, they are drug motivated,” Foret said.
Neighbors in the quiet Houma community are shaken.
“We're really shocked and upset about it. It hasn't been typical for things like that to happen in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Constance Rogers.
The tragedy highlights a growing problem with prescription drug abuse, Foret said.
“We're dealing more frequently with people stealing other people's prescription medications, committing burglaries and committing other crimes to support their prescription medication habits,” Foret said.
“I do think that drugs are an extreme problem for this generation,” Rogers said. “It affects almost every family that I know.”
Authorities are still looking into whether anyone involved had a history of drug abuse.