East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two women following the death of a 46-year-old man whose body was found in a parking lot near Stanley Aubin Lane early Thursday morning.
Deputies booked Kevon Williams, 34, 13298 La. 74, Gonzales, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder and witness intimidation, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Lelecia Williams, 35, of 6733 Sumrall Drive — who is not related to Kevon Williams — was also booked into Parish Prison on witness intimidation counts, Hicks said.
An autopsy conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office revealed that the victim, Mark Heald, of 10662 Stanley Aubin Lane, died after suffering blunt force trauma-related injuries, Hicks said.
Deputies say Heald was arguing with a woman acquaintance Wednesday night about narcotics when the woman called a friend to come pick her up. Hicks said a vehicle containing several women and driven by Kevon Williams arrived soon after to pick up Heald’s acquaintance, and Heald tried to block the vehicle from leaving by standing in front of it.
Kevon Williams then drove forward, striking Heald, causing him to fall, Hicks said. She said Heald was able to get back up, but Williams then struck him again with her vehicle, causing him to fall down and become pinned under the vehicle.
Williams is accused of then putting the vehicle in reverse, driving away and threatening to kill Heald’s acquaintance if she told anyone about the incident, Hicks said.
Heald’s death remains under investigation, Hicks said.
Heald’s mother, Carol Ann Heald, disputed authorities’ version of the story late Friday, saying she had heard from a man who claimed to have witnessed the events that her son was not involved in a verbal argument outdoors before his death.
In an interview earlier Friday, Heald’s parents described their son as a friendly, giving man who had recently moved into a new apartment.
“He loved cooking and being in the kitchen, and helping me, and cleaning up after dinner,” Carol Ann Heald said. She said he would regularly experiment with new recipes, often sharing the food with friends and family.
“He loved Cajun cooking,” Carol Ann Heald said, adding, “If someone came over and they were hungry, he would feed them. He was just a very generous, good-hearted person.”
Mark Heald’s father, Joseph Richard “Dick” Heald, said his son had visited his parents at their house earlier this week, adding that they usually saw him a few times each week.
“If we needed some yard work done, he would help us with that,” Dick Heald said of his son. “He was a very caring young man.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000.