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Caddo Parish detective makes arrest in 35-year-old homicide case


SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — A Shreveport man has been charged with second-degree murder in a death that happened 35 years ago.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Jimmy Lee Tigues, 62, on Monday at a Shreveport home, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said in a news release.

Tigues was booked in the death of Robert Earl French, 29, whose body was found by a motorist Aug. 1, 1980. French had been shot multiple times in what Detective Terry Richardson described as a drug-related crime.

Shreveport Police investigated, but the case went cold. When Richardson was investigating other cold cases recently, he also found information that led him to re-interview people for French's case. Following those interviews, Richardson obtained a warrant for Tigues' arrest.

No attorney for Tigues was listed in records at the parish jail. He was being held on $250,000 bond.

Richardson has made arrests in two other cold cases, the sheriff's office said. In December 2014, he arrested three men for the 26-year-old homicide of Claudell Staten. In July 2014, he arrested one of the same men for the 10-year-old homicide of Harold Bruce Cotton.

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