A man accused of beating another man to death over a stolen pair of shoes was arrested Wednesday on a second-degree murder count.
Edward Jones, 61, is accused of waking up the victim, Val Lachica, and blaming the man for taking his shoes just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 19, according to witnesses cited in a Baton Rouge Police report. The incident, at 1572 Gwen Drive, escalated into Jones sitting on Lachica, whose back was on the floor. Jones punched the victim in the face until he lost consciousness, the report says.
Jones is physically larger than Lachica, according to the report.
Lachica was transported to a hospital and died "from complications due to the blunt force trauma he sustained as a result of the battery he received from the Defendant," the report says.
An obituary for Lachica, 58, says he died on Sept. 4. He "had a love for music, especially rock & roll. He also enjoyed Al Pacino movies," the obituary says.
A request to East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William "Beau" Clark for more information was not immediately returned Thursday.
Jones suffers from a mental illness and has an arrest history including simple battery and weapons charges, the report says.
Jones, of 1424 Cardinal St. was arrested by an officer who found him at his residence at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the report.
He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bail was set at $250,000, according to jail records.