Tips in brutal homicide lead to search of Denham Springs house

State Police say Disspayne not a suspect in slaying

Investigative leads in the violent slaying of Lindsay Ellixson led authorities to a Denham Springs man who was arrested Tuesday night on counts unrelated to her death.

Capt. Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman, said leads in the homicide investigation of Lindsay Ellixson, 21, whose body was found Nov. 16 floating in the Claycut Bayou near Tiger Bend Road, led authorities to Christopher Disspayne, 53, but that he is not being considered a suspect or person of interest in her killing at this time.

On Tuesday night and into Wednesday, investigators with the State Police Violent Crimes Unit, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and Denham Springs Police Department searched Disspayne’s Carpenter Street residence, Cain said.

It wasn’t clear whether Wednesday’s search yielded any valuable evidence.

State Police booked Disspayne, 53, 308 Carpenter St., into the Livingston Parish Jail on counts of violating the state’s sex-offender registration laws, Cain said.

He is being held on a $500,000 bail, according to Livingston Parish Jail records.

“That amount of bail, for the crime, is highly unusual and an aberration,” said Fred Kroenke, a veteran Baton Rouge defense lawyer.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation into Ellixson’s homicide remains open and active. She also confirmed Disspayne has not been identified as a suspect or person of interest in the murder investigation.

Several weeks ago, Hicks said the Sheriff’s Office had joined with several other law enforcement agencies, including State Police and the FBI, to investigate Ellixson’s suspicious death.

“The circumstances surrounding her death were unusually brutal and violent,” Hicks said in a statement.

Authorities have declined to elaborate on details surrounding the brutality of Ellixson’s death.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office determined Ellixson died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest area.

Mary Beth Romig, an FBI spokeswoman in New Orleans, said the FBI is still investigating Ellixson’s death at the request of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

“We don’t normally get involved in these types of incidents,” Romig said, “but if we’re officially asked to, then we’ll do what we can.”

Disspayne was arrested Tuesday evening for a felony first-offense failure to register as a sex offender, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office website.

Documents related to Disspayne’s arrest were not made publicly available Wednesday.

In 1982, Disspayne was convicted on counts of forcible rape and aggravated kidnapping in Kentucky. Also, in 1990, he was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Louisiana, the website says.

Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said Disspayne was incarcerated in the state prison system from 1990 to 1994.

Deputies ask anyone with information about this incident to call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Advocate staff writer Jim Mustian contributed to this report.