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Taco Bell Murder Update


The news was a shocker that two people are behind bars tonight; more importantly the suspected shooter who open fire outside a Lafayette Taco Bell in July 2012.

Larran Jackson, 23 of New Iberia survived the shooting.  Jackson says he struck twice; one bullet hit behind his knee. The other bullet he says caught him in the back and came out the side. "I'm just glad that justice got served and still today it still hurts me that's he's not here."

Larran speaks little about himself. A kind of silent tribute to his friend who died while he survived. In fact, it's the memories that allow Larran to unleash a smile. "All we would do is be in the park playing basketball and enjoying our life and trying to get his college brick."

But reality eventually returns - that Frederick isn't here. Larran says thankful someone is behind bars for all of this. "I'm taking it day by day. It still hurts that he is not here. He's in a better place now."


Arrest Made in Frederick Joseph Murder

The person believed to be the shooter in the Taco Bell shooting of last year has been arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish jail on charges of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.  He is identified as Travonte Broussard.

A second individual was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with the same incident and was booked on being a principal to those same offenses.  His name is Nicholas Felix.

The shooting happened 9 months ago in the parking lot of a Lafayette Taco Bell. Frederick Joseph,19 of New Iberia was shot and killed - another man from New Iberia wounded.

Victim's Family Responds to Morrison's Release

Friends of a slain New Iberia man are shocked and disappointed.  The accused shooter was set free and allowed to plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice. Kentrell Morrison, 19 of Lafayette was released on supervised probation.

The shooting happened 9 months ago in the parking lot of a Lafayette Taco Bell.  Frederick Joseph,19 of New Iberia was shot and killed  - another man from New Iberia wounded.

Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson tells KLFY News that  there wasn't enough evidence to maintain the charge of 1st Degree Murder. The evidence only supported the charge of Obstruction of Justice against  Morrison.

Harson says the case under investigation. Police are looking for the person(s) who did the shooting.  No name has been released.



Kentrell Morrison Released 

A suspect facing capital murder charges is out of jail and has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of obstruction of justice. 19 year old Kentrell Morrison faced charges in the shooting death of one man and injuring another back in July of last year. He was initially charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder in the shootings. Last week the more serious charge of first degree murder was amended to a lesser charge of obstruction of justice and the charge of attempted first degree murder was dismissed altogether.

Morrison is now only facing four years of supervised probation, but could have been sentenced to seven years hard labor on the obstruction of justice charge.

You may recall the shooting happened in the parking lot of the Taco Bell on West Congress Street in the early morning hours of July 1st, leaving one man dead and another wounded.




Kentrell Morrison Indicted in Parking Lot Slaying

A 19-year-old man has been indicted in the July 1 shooting death of a New Iberia man in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

A Lafayette Parish Grand Jury indicted Kentrell James Morrison on one count of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Frederick Joseph, and on one count of attempt to commit first-degree murder in the shooting of 23-year-old Larran Jamal Jackson.

Police say Joseph was shot in the back. Jackson was shot in the back and the leg.



Teen Killed in Shooting Update

Detectives say they've arrested one Lafayette teen in connection with a deadly shooting at a Lafayette Taco Bell.

Kentrell James Morrison (18) is charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.

That shooting happened Sunday, shortly after 2:00 AM. Morrison allegedly shot two New Iberia men in the parking lot.

One is recovering at home. But 19-year-old Fred Joseph died that morning. Police say the case remains under investigation.  


Teen Killed in Shooting

He was a star basketball player here in Acadiana, and had a bright future ahead of him. But now Frederick Joesph will be laid to rest on Saturday.

The 19 year old was shot in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant in Lafayette, and his killer is still on the loose.

Joseph's family says even though it is a tough emotional time for them, they want Frederick's story to serve as a lesson.

"it's not true. Like it's a dream," says Frederick's mother, Sonya Gibson.

Gibson remembers getting the phone call that would change her life instantly.

"I had to get down there. Fred had been shot," recollects Gibson.

Early Sunday morning Gibson's only son, 19 year old, Frederick Joseph had been shot in the back in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant, and died. Joseph had just completed his freshman year at North Dakota State College of Science and was home for the summer.

"Spend time with his family, because he barely had a chance to come home being that he was so far," says Gibson.

Joseph was a star player at NDSCS and back home in New Iberia where he played at Westgate High for Oliver Winston.

"The tenacity he had, just the love of the game," explains Winston.

Joseph wore number five for the Tigers, and was an all state guard.

"He would always tell me that I would always remember him as the best guard I'd ever coach," says Winston.

Winston says Joseph had a tremendous work ethic, and was a role model for the younger kids, even Winston's own sons.

"I always wanted Fred to be around them because I wanted them to emulate who he was," says Winston.

Joseph's step father Dwan feels that even though Fred is gone he would want people to learn from it.

"I think he would tell the next person when you're in a position that you are, you gotta separate yourself from a lot of things," says Gibson.

Police are still looking for the person who fired the shots that killed Joseph. They have not yet released what vehicle the shooter was in, or what the motive is. The second victim in the shooting is still in the hospital in serious yet stable condition.

If you have any information on this crime you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 232-TIPS.

Joseph's funeral service is set for 11 o'clock this Saturday at Faith Cathedral in New Iberia.

Doug MacDiarmid


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