Brandon Ainsworth

Brandon Ainsworth

A Livingston Parish man has been arrested in the death of a 37-year-old French Settlement man whose body was found Sunday on the side of a road, Sheriff Jason Ard said. 

Brandon Ainsworth, 28, and the victim, Jesse Hebert, are believed to have been acquaintances whom witnesses said had a "history of not getting along with one another," Ard said in a news release.

The motive for the slaying is not yet known, the sheriff said Wednesday.

Hebert's body was found on the side of Bull Run Road, south of Springfield. Evidence collected at the scene led detectives to Mitchell Road in French Settlement, where a truck had been set on fire.

Ard said autopsy reports show Hebert died from a single gunshot wound. 

Ainsworth was booked Wednesday at the Livingston Parish jail on counts of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and unlawful disposal of remains, Ard said Wednesday. No address was listed in the booking records.

Ainsworth had already been in jail on unrelated drug charges, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said.

Officials have not yet indicated when the slaying took place.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was modified on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, to correct the booking date on the counts related to the slaying. Ainsworth was booked on those counts on Wednesday, Jan. 23, not on Sunday, Jan. 20.