Sheriff Craig Webre announced two men have been charged in connection to the shooting incident on December 6 in Raceland which resulted in the death of Tra’von Folse (age 20) and left three others injured. Kendell Thibodeaux Jr. (age 21) of Houma, who was already in jail due to a parole violation, faces multiple charges including Second Degree Murder in Folse’s death. Jordan Williams of Houma is charged with attempted murder and other charges following an incident Tuesday night.
At around 12:45 a.m. on December 6, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received calls about multiple people being shot at a house party at a Market Street residence in Raceland. Through investigation, detectives developed Thibodeaux and Williams as suspects in the crime. Detectives learned Thibodeaux made contact with Folse and allegedly fired one round at close range which struck Folse in the abdomen. He then turned and fired multiple rounds at a 23-year-old male victim, striking him in the neck and arm. Williams, meanwhile, allegedly began firing into the crowd at the party, striking two other victims. A 24-year-old male was shot in the neck, and a 20-year-old male was shot in the buttocks. Folse died as a result of the shooting, and the other three victims were treated for their wounds at a hospital and released. Following the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Thibodeaux and Williams.
Thibodeaux had been in jail since December 18 due to a parole violation, and on Monday, December 28, he was charged with Second Degree Battery after an inmate was rendered unconscious after Thibodeaux punched him in the face. On Tuesday, December 29, he was booked on charges of Second Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. His bond on all charges was set at $805,000, but he is still being held without bond due to the parole violation.
On Tuesday night, investigators learned Williams was in the South Lafourche area, and at 11:35 p.m., they discovered him at a truck stop in Larose. As investigators arrived on scene, they activated emergency lights and sirens, but Williams fled the scene in a tan-colored sedan heading north on LA Highway 308. Deputies and detectives followed and observed two objects thrown from the vehicle which eventually came to a stop at the T-Bois Lift Bridge in Larose. Williams immediately exited the vehicle with his hands raised, and he was taken into custody. A woman, Ariona Walker (age 21) of Houma, was also in the vehicle. Detectives recovered a handgun and a magazine from the roadside which is believed to be the objects thrown from the vehicle. Walker allegedly assisted Williams in trying to get rid of the firearm.
Williams is charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in reference to the December 6 incident. He also faces charges stemming from Tuesday’s incident, including a second count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Flight from an Officer, Obstruction of Justice, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, and driving without a license. His bond on the initial charges was set at $300,000 by warrant, but bond amounts stemming from the December 29 charges are still pending. Walker is charged with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory after the Fact to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Her bond has not yet been set.
Kendell Thibodeaux Jr.