GRETNA, La. -- A man whose bullet-riddled body was found in a ditch in Gonazles was killed in Marrero and dumped there in an effort to try to hide the crime, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said Wednesday.
Authorities identified the remains as those of 20-year-old Francisco Nieves. Archie Armstrong, Stephanie Enciso and Vernell Wilson were all arrested in relation to Nieves' death.
Armstrong was booked on a count of second-degree murder. Wilson and Enciso were booked on charges including accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice to second-degree murder.
“The evidence is that they traveled up to Gonzales and dumped him at that location," Lopinto said. "The evidence is pretty clear the murder happened at the address here and that was just a dump site."
Lopinto said Nieves was shot to death sometime on New Year's Day at the apartment of Armstrong and Wilson in the 1500 block of Avenue A in Marrero.
Lopinto said the suspects are not cooperating with investigators, who are not yet certain of a motive. However, the suspects and Nieves did apparently know each other, Lopinto said.
The Gonzales Police Department told WBRZ-TV that its officers were dispatched about 3 p.m. Tuesday to a clearing in that city. It was there they found the victim’s bullet-riddled body in a ditch.
Anyone with information about this killing is asked to contact the JPSO homicide division at (504) 364-5300.
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