A Monroe man facing a second-degree murder charge is accused of staying in an apartment with his girlfriend's body for three days and allegedly using the murder weapon to commit an additional crime.
Larry Shell Jr., age 34, North McGuire Avenue, was in custody at Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of aggravated second-degree battery when the murder charge was added.
The same weapon, a knife, may have been used in both crimes.
According to an arrest warrant for Shell, the MPD started a missing person investigation late Monday after the mother of Tequita Browhow reported Browhow had not been seen or heard from since Friday.
A police officer went to Browhow's apartment with her mom and found Browhow deceased on the living room couch with obvious trauma to the neck caused by an edged weapon.
An investigation revealed Shell was Browhow's boyfriend, and they lived together for approximately six months.
Shell was transported from OCC to the Monroe Police Department for questioning.
Shell said he was in a physical fight with a person on DeSiard Street because he believed the man had killed his girlfriend. He said Browhow was deceased in their home on McGuire Avenue.
He told police he removed the knife on Friday night and used it to commit the battery. Shell also said the pocketknife was his, and he owned it for years.
"Shell Jr. admitted that he removed his own knife from Browhow's neck, stayed in the apartment for three days and never called the police," the warrant states. "Shell Jr. also watched pornography on the victim's phone and masturbated while she was deceased. Shell Jr. admitted that (he) was the last person to see Browhow alive and the first to discover her deceased."
Monday battery charges
Shell's battery charge originated after officers were dispatched to the 4400 block of DeSiard Street regarding a disturbance Monday.
Shell said he brushed against a man while walking on the sidewalk. Both started to fight, and Shell armed himself with a knife and struck the victim multiple times, causing lacerations to the right arm, head and stomach.
The victim was transported to St. Francis for treatment, and Shell was arrested on one count of aggravated second degree battery at 9:15 a.m. The investigation into Browhow's disappearance started at 10:59 p.m.
Bail was set at $1 million on the second degree murder charge and $75,000 on the battery charge.