EAST FELICIANA PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – On Wednesday, June 9, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office received notice of a male human body in the Little Redwood Creek on Highway 19.
Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the scene where the body was tentatively identified as that of 38-year-old Billie Washington of Zachary, La.
After an autopsy was performed by East Feliciana Parish Coroner Dr. Ewell DeWitt Bickham, the body was positively confirmed as Washington’s. Bickham reported the cause of death as a gunshot to the head and classified the manner of death as a homicide.
Detectives contacted the Zachary Police Department along with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office to request assistance with the investigation. Through investigative means, 32-year-old Kavarius D. Grinner of Baton Rouge was identified as a suspect in the murder.
EFPSO developed probable cause to arrest Grinner for second-degree murder on Wednesday, Aug. 4. A warrant was secured for his arrest. Grinner’s location was unknown, so EFPSO requested assistance from the U. S. Marshals fugitive task force in locating him.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, the U.S. Marshals Task Force located and arrested Grinner in East Baton Rouge. After being booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as a fugitive, Grinner was transported to the East Feliciana Parish jurisdiction and booked for the second-degree murder of Washington.
“I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the community, LSP Crime Lab, Zachary PD, EBRSO and the
U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in helping us bring this homicide investigation to a successful
conclusion,” East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis said. “This is another great example of what can be accomplished when we all work together.”