Two charged with Houma murder in heroin-related death

Two charged with Houma murder in heroin-related death

Persons identified left to right: Boudreaux, Duthu, Smith.

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by Dee Dee Thurston/Houma Courier

wwltv.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 11:15 AM

A 33-year-old Houma man was found dead this morning at the local business where he worked as a night dispatcher, and his girlfriend and drug dealer are charged with murder, police said.

Joshua Boudreaux, 33, was pronounced dead at Energy Fishing & Rental, 268 Equity Blvd., after his girlfriend called 911 to say she couldn't wake him, according to Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpenter.

Tamara Duthu, 33, 205D Southland Circle, identified by police as Boudreaux's girlfriend, and Dvon Smith, 35, 1204 Willow Drive, are each charged with second-degree murder.

Duthu allegedly bought heroin from Smith and brought it to Boudreaux at Energy Fishing & Rental, an oilfield service company in an industrial area off La. 311.

Boudreaux injected the heroin about 11 p.m., something Duthu witnessed before falling asleep, police said. Duthu allegedly woke about midnight, couldn't rouse Boudreaux and called for help.

Boudreaux was dead when authorities arrived, police said.

Smith was apprehended about 3 a.m. outside his Houma home, though he attempted to flee and hide a gun when he spotted approaching officers, Larpenter said.

About $6,000 worth of heroin was recovered during a search of the house, according to police.

Duthu and Smith were in the Terrebonne Parish jail this morning awaiting a bond hearing. Each is also charged with distribution of heroin.
 

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