New Orleans police apprehended a man Tuesday who allegedly shot a friend to death in June 2012 in a dispute over $300,000 and dumped his body in Gentilly.
Billy Sanders, 36, was arrested at 11 a.m., according to police booking records.
He is accused of shooting Fredrick Anderson, 37, on June 25, 2012. Anderson’s body was found early that day in the woods in the 5000 block of St. Ferdinand Street.
According to the arrest warrant, which was issued Sept. 25, Sanders had been “enraged” with Anderson since 2010, when Anderson allegedly lost $300,000 of Sanders’ money through “bad investments.”
The day before Anderson was killed, he left Houston, where he was living with his wife. He told her that he was going to stay with Sanders and that they were going to have drinks at a daiquiri shop that evening.
About 9:30 p.m., he told a woman friend that he was heading out to meet Sanders on West Napoleon Avenue and would be back later to shoot pool.
When Anderson turned up dead the next day, detectives interviewed Sanders; according to the warrant, he gave them numerous inconsistent statements about his whereabouts.
He also told police he hadn’t been in contact with Anderson, a story which he changed after detectives found records of numerous calls between the two men on Sanders’ cellphone.
Detectives were able to pinpoint Sanders’ location via cellphone records and found that he had been in the area where Anderson’s body was dumped and where his black Cadillac Escalade was later discovered on fire.
Sanders was named a person of interest in Anderson’s murder in November and was booked with second-degree murder on Tuesday. He is being held without bond.
Police did not immediately respond to questions about how he was apprehended or what recent developments led to the issuing of the arrest warrant.