BOGALUSA, La. (AP) -- A Mississippi man wanted in connection with a November killing in Louisiana has been arrested in Missouri and is back in Washington Parish.
Online records show 35-year-old Jerry Ronald Graves is in the parish jail, but don't show what he was booked with. Deputy Michael Shively, a jailer in Macon County, Mo., says Graves was transferred Sunday to Washington Parish.
Washington Parish Sheriff Robert Crowe says the victim, John Tilly McCain, was nearly beheaded in Angie, in early November.
He tells The Daily News Graves was arrested Thursday in La Plata, Mo.
Crowe says he expects to finish investigating McCain's death in about a week.
Crowe says Graves was in Hattiesburg the last time deputies talked to him, and investigators believe he'd been living in Marion County, Miss.
Washington Parish detectives spent many hours interviewing people who associated with the victim, and Graves "associated with friends of the victim," Crowe said. The suspect was actually interviewed, he said.
Although a motive has not yet been established, Crowe said he believes the Washington Parish has "a very solid warrant" based on leads developed through interviews and crime scene evidence.
He said his instinct that the crime was not "just random" matched what detectives learned in their investigations.
"Everybody said (Graves) would not just open the door if he didn't know somebody," Crowe said. "I never did think it was random. It had to be some associate."
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