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Covington man wanted for murder turns himself in

Wanted for murder, Jonathan Lee Richardson, 35, turned himself in, a Covington Police Department release said.
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NEW ORLEANS — A Covington man wanted by police for murder has turned himself in, police said Sunday night.

Jonathan Lee Richardson, 35, shot and killed a man on Friday, a release from the Covington Police Department said. Saturday, police issued a warrant Richardson for second-degree murder. 

Richardson has been taken into custody, facing charges of second degree murder and illegally carrying a weapon.

Responding to several reports of gunshots near the area around North Columbia Street and West 33rd Avenue Friday night, CPD officers saw and gathered proof that a shooting did happen, noting gunfire marks on cars — but police didn't find a victim, so no injuries were reported.

The victim, later identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner as Schuyler Bedford, 35, had left the scene, police said they later learned. 

After he was shot, Bedford went to his girlfriend's house in Mandeville, where he died of his wounds.

When police learned about the victim, CPD's Criminal Investigations Division took over the investigation, later naming Richardson as the murder suspect in Friday's shooting.

The investigation remains open as of Saturday, the release said. 

Police officials have urged anyone with information about this killing to call the Covington Police Department at 985.892.8500, or they can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to remain anonymous and possibly earn a cash reward. 

People with information about the killing can also use the Covington Police Department's Tip App for iOS or Android.

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