Hammond man charged with First Degree Murder

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 5:41pm

HAMMOND, La (FOX44) - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested a suspect associated with the disappearance of Leon Rachal, 82.

On March 30, Wesley Smith, 32, was arrested in conjunction with what investigators believe to be the murder of Rachal, which occurred near or on Jan 20.

The arrest was based on physical evidence collected at the scene that directly involved Smith in the crime.

Smith has been charged with First Degree Murder.

This matter is still under investigation and no additional details have been released.

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