Authorities in Louisiana Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Cold Case Homicide from January 2000

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Published February 15, 2023

Authorities in Louisiana Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Cold Case Homicide from January 2000

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Authorities in Louisiana have arrested two suspects in connection with a cold case homicide from January 2000.

The Lake Charles Police Department (LCPD) reported on February 14, 2023, that the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office (CPDAO) approached them in January 2022 in regards to launching an investigation into a January 2000 shooting that ended in an unsolved homicide.

Officers from the Lake Charles Police Department were summoned to the 2500 block of Mill Street at 2:30 a.m. on January 1, 2000, in response to a shooting at The Doll House.
On arrival, officers discovered three individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. LaShonda Harmon, Shonda Woods, and Allen Babineaux, all aged twenty-seven, were recognized as victims and sent to local hospitals for treatment. At 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, 2000, Babineaux succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation was transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Violent Crimes Task Force, which was established in 1994 to investigate violent crime in the parish. In May of 2000, the Task Force, which was formed of investigators from a number of local law enforcement agencies in the Parish, was gradually disbanded. Any pending cases were returned to the agency with jurisdiction over the location where the incident occurred.

In response to the CPDAO’s request, the LCPD’s Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel, who leads the Department’s Investigations Bureau, assembled an investigative team. The team also included Major Kevin Kirkum, Detective Sergeant Willie Fontenot, and Crime Scene Technician Kristen Howell, in addition to Deputy Chief Fondel.

The investigators launched a brand-new investigation into the shooting in January of 2000, evaluating all existing case files and data. In addition, they revisited the crime scene to conduct a comprehensive reconstruction of the incident.

Investigators analyzed all evidence with the Southwest Louisiana Crime Laboratory and the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office once the reconstruction of the crime scene was complete. This collaboration led to the submission of evidence to the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory for additional forensic analysis.

Investigators were able to identify two suspects as a consequence of a lengthy investigation, forensic technology, and witness accounts. Investigators obtained arrest warrants for suspects Marvin Dandre Kyer, 46, of Douglasville, Georgia, and Terrance Lee Malvo, 49, of Sulphur, Louisiana, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

LCPD Investigators, accompanied by Sergeant George Miller, LCPD’s liaison with the US Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force, contacted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to notify them of the active arrest warrant.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at approximately 3 p.m. EST, Kyer was apprehended at his residence without incident after heading to Douglasville, Georgia. Kyer was apprehended with the assistance of the US Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Crime Scene Technician of the LCPD gathered more evidence at Kyer’s residence by executing a search warrant.

Kyer is charged with one count of Principal Second-Degree Murder. The bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio was $1 million. Kyer has renounced his right to extradition and is currently being moved to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

On Friday, February 3, 2023, LCPD Investigators and SWAT Officers executed the arrest order for Malvo upon their return to Lake Charles. At 5:15 a.m., he was arrested without incident at his residence in Sulphur, Louisiana. Malvo was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center, where he remains in jail, and is charged with Second-Degree Murder. The bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio was $1 million.

Authorities indicated that this investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sergeant Willie Fontenot at (337) 491-1311.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.