The Washington Parish jury has indicted Jo’Andre Dawson, age 21, on Tuesday for) second degree murder and obstruction of justice.
Dawson is accused of fatally shooting Ja’Quarius Taylor, age 17, several times in the head near a large pond in the Angie area on Jan. 12 this year. Dawson also is accused of tampering with several items of evidence, following the shooting.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Corbet Hunt was the lead investigator. Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher presented the case to the grand jury. The defendant is currently being held at the Washington Parish jail on an $800,000 bond.
Taylor was a senior at Varnado High School and would have graduated with the Class of 2020. The murder of Taylor created widespread concern and outrage in the Angie area. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office worked virtually non-stop on the case from the time of the murder until Taylor was arrested.