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|Winnsboro man charged in Tensas homicide|
Updated March 10, 2012 @ 4:02 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2012 @ 8:02 p.m.
Authorities said Saturday afternoon that Joshua Lee Temple has been charged with armed robbery and first-degree murder following the investigation into the murder of Colby Fortenberry.
State Police officials said following a citizen's report of the possible sighting of Temple around 8:00 a.m. this morning in the area of Hwy. 868 (also known as Coax Church Rd.), east of Hwy. 15, just north of Winnboro, State Police (including the LSP Air Support Unit), Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office, Richland Parish Sheriff's Office and the LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries initiated a new ground search. At approximately 1:30 pm, FPSO deputies located and apprehended Temple, who was hiding in a wooded area off of Hwy. 868.
Temple was initially taken into custody on an outstanding warrant related to a forgery charge out of Franklin Parish, but he was also considered to be a person-of-interest in the Hwy 4 homicide.
Temple fled Thursday night after authorities attempted to stop the vehicle he was driving and arrest him on the outstanding warrant.
During the torrential downpour of rain and power outages Thursday evening, Temple was able to get away from officers when he exited the vehicle and fled on foot somewhere into wooded area behind Rose Ave. in Winnsboro. The authorities had been actively pursing him until this afternoon.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said the weapon belived to be involved in the Hwy 4 homicide was recovered in the vicinity of where Temple was apprehended this afternoon.
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