Police: Fatal shooting was botched robbery
Leighton Powe Jr. drove to the Dollar General store parking lot on Robert Road for a pre-arranged drug deal Saturday night, according to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, but the guys he thought were there to buy marijuana from him planned to steal it instead.
The robbery turned deadly when Powe, 23, was shot at point-blank range and his body dumped in a ditch along Javery Road, just outside Slidell city limits.
Slidell Police, who booked alleged gunman Felix Adams Jr. earlier this week, announced Wednesday that four more men have been arrested in connection with the homicide, Slidell’s third this year.
Bobby Isidore, 20, and Trenton Johnson, 19, both of Slidell, were both booked on single counts of first degree murder, the same charge faced by Adams.
Ki’Shion Griffin, 17, who was described by Slidell police as the mastermind of the robbery, was booked on a count of principal to first-degree murder. Darion Causey, 20, was booked with being an accessory to murder.
The Slidell Police and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation of the crime.
The shooting took place inside city limits, but the body and car were dumped just outside the city.
Police said that Powe met Adams, Isidore and Johnson behind the Dollar General and at some point the victim got into Johnson’s truck.
During the robbery, Adams shot Powe in the head and then the three drove to Javery Road to dump the body.
He then set the truck on fire a few blocks away to destroy the evidence, police said.
The case resulted in more than 20 search warrants and 10 crime scenes inspected, Smith said.
Smith and Sheriff Jack Strain described the crime as senseless, with Strain calling all those involved “kids.’’
The suspects targeted Powe to steal drugs, not money, Smith said, and he described the amount of marijuana that they took as “moderate.’’
The marijuana was recovered and so was the weapon, Smith said.
So far police have not linked it to any other crimes and Smith said it does not appear to have been stolen.
Powe was not a known drug dealer, Smith said.
Powe did have a criminal record. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2009 to a felony charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and to bank fraud.
He was sentenced to eight years at hard labor, all but one of which was suspended.