Victim identified in third Metairie motel murder in two weeks

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Posted on August 10, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 1:21 PM

Jill Hezeau / Eyewitness News

METAIRIE, La. -- Motel guests were shocked once again to find caution tape and police cars surrounding the La Quinta Inn in Metairie.

Detectives investigated the third murder in just two weeks at the motel in the 5900 block of Veterans Boulevard.

Jateese Hudgins, 20,died of asphyxia due to a combination of suffocation and strangulation, confirmed the Jefferson Parish coroner.

It turned out to be a frightening morning for some Texans who stayed the night.

"Pretty scary until the police got here so called the front desk," said Joe from San Antonio, Texas.

It's what Joe heard early Wednesday morning that scared him.

"There was just a lot of beating on the doors at about 5 p.m., then a little bit of silence and then a man in great grief or remorse after that," he said.

Jefferson parish authorities still do not know what happened, but they found a woman lying on the floor in one of the rooms.

"Our 4th District responding officers located the body of an adult black female lying on the ground in room 137 she was suffering from apparent injuries to her body," said Larry Dyess, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

All morning long detectives were in and out of the hotel room looking for clues. Officials said there were no signs of forced entry, nor was a weapon found in the room.

They also would not release whether or not the victim was staying alone or with someone.

"We're not at liberty to release that at this time because it may jeopardize the investigation," Dyess said.

And it's not the only open investigation into a murder at this motel. Authorities say they are still trying to determine the motive and suspects behind a double homicide on July 27. That's when deputies found a man and a woman shot to death in the parking lot of the same motel.

If you have information about any of the murders, you're urged to call JPSO detectives at 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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