New Sarpy man indicted in DHS student murder

Student gunned down days before graduation

Javon Wells, the New Sarpy man accused of murdering Destrehan High School senior Kendall Williams Jr. in May, has been indicted on a felony charge of second-degree murder.

Wells, 22, of 740 East Hoover St. in New Sarpy, was identified by witnesses as the shooter in the May 4 slaying, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Days before Williams was to graduate with his class from DHS, he was shot in the head at point blank range. He was found dead by detectives in a small park at East Harding and Eighth streets in New Sarpy at 8:30 p.m. He was 17 years old.

Sheriff Greg Champagne said at the time witnesses saw the two exchange words before the shooting. He also said the two knew each another.

Wells is being held on a $500,000 bond at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center as of Tuesday.

DHS honored Williams at the school’s May 12 graduation. He earned his degree posthumously. A chair was set aside for him at the ceremony with his photograph and a garnet rose resting on the seat.


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