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|Local man charged in bar slaying|
A Winnsboro man has been charged in the homicide and robbery of a bartender in Tensas Parish.
Josh Hit, 24, was arrested last Monday, July 19, for theft of a firearm that investigators believe was used in the killing of 47 year-old Carl R. Crain, also of Winnsboro, in a Monday night murder at the Highway 4 Bar in Newellton.
About $1,500 was reportedly stolen from the bar in the incident.
Hitt was charged with killing Crain and robbing the bar Wednesday, after the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab linked the handgun used in the murder to one he allegedly stolen from a Winnsboro home where Hitt was employed as a painter.
Last Sunday, July 18, at approximately 11 p.m., Crain was shot and killed as he was closing the bar.
His body was discovered by a Tensas Parish Sheriff's deputy around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning after the deputy stopped to investigate after seeing a car, belonging to the bar owner that had been used by Crain, parked at the bar after closing.
The hand gun, which had been reported missing from the home, was found by Louisiana State Police detectives on a bridge near the bar, from which is believed Hitt tried to throw the weapon after robbing and shooting Crain.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that he was being investigated for theft of a firearm from the place he was working and it was found a short distance from the crime scene," said Tensas Parish Sheriff Ricky Jones.
Louisiana State Police, the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office and the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office worked together to develop leads in the case the led to Hitt's arrest.
Hitt, who occasionally worked as a disc jockey at the bar, was arrested at Walmart in Winnsboro and booked and Franklin Parish Detention Center for theft of the gun. About $1,200 was found on Hitt, La. State Trooper Mark Dennis said.
He is currently being held at the detention center without bond.