arrest: Jaiman Mason
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Second arrest made in Melville incident

Public Information Officer
Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux
Phone 337-948.6516 / Eunice Sub 337-457-4115
Fax      337-628-4596
Email: pio@slpsheriff.com

Press Release: February 18, 2022 ********************************************************************************************

SECOND ARREST MADE IN MELVILLE INCIDENT

ARRESTED

Jaiman Maurice Mason, age 20

208 Robin Street

Port Barre, Louisiana

CHARGES

Principal to First Degree Murder

Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder

BOND

None

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “A second arrest was made in connection of the February 16, 2022 murder and injury investigation that claimed the life of Wade Edward Smith and injured James Preston Allen Vaughn.”

The investigation into the Melville incident led detectives to charge Jaiman Maurice Mason last night just before 8:00 PM for his role in the incident. 

According to reports, detectives obtained video surveillance footage and witness statements of Mason in the vehicle with Ardoin before and after the incident.  Mason was charged with principal to the crime for not reporting the murder or injury to law enforcement.   Both Mason and Ardoin remain in custody at the St. Landry Parish Jail with no bond.

On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.