St. Tammany Parish officials said James “Kenny” Hamilton’s 16-year-old son was arrested in the Lake Charles area Wednesday afternoon in the slaying of his father near Abita Springs.
The teenager was turned in to authorities by his grandmother and his attorney.
Judge Raymond Childress of 22nd Judicial District Court issued a warrant for his arrest Tuesday evening, according to St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni.
The youth was booked in Calcasieu Parish as a fugitive from St. Tammany, where he will be transported and booked on one count of second-degree murder.
Hamilton, 51, died from multiple gunshots to the head. He was discovered Monday morning by family and friends who went to check on him because he had not been heard from since Friday evening.
Hamilton lived in a house on Lenel Road with his brother. A neighbor said the son lived there off and on.
It’s not clear when Hamilton was shot, and the Sheriff’s Office has not speculated about a motive for the crime.
Investigators learned that the suspect had traveled to the Lake Charles area, where he has family, over the last few days, Carboni said.
The St. Tammany Coroner’s Office estimated that Hamilton had been dead 24 to 36 hours before his body was discovered, but spokesman James Hartman said that was only an estimate.
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