ST. HELENA PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A local rapper has been accused of first-degree murder after a robbery investigation led to his arrest.

The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office says deputies began investigating a shooting that happened on Calmes Road in Denham Springs back in October 2022. The shooting resulted in the death of Jesse J. Thomas III, according to the sheriff’s office.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, deputies arrested Jarman K. King and charged him with first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy of murder. The sheriff’s office says he is a rapper who goes by “Monkey“.

Multiple agencies including the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, the City of Baker Police Department, the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Apprehension and the U.S. Marshals Service all assisted in the investigation.