Indicts issued in 2014 murder of PA man

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted two Port Arthur men for the 2014 aggravated robbery and murder of Tuderriel DeWayne Richmond on Wednesday.

Scott DeWayne Washington, 29, and Daniel Francis, 33, are accused of robbing and shooting Richmond, 36, at his home in the 1700 block of 15th Street. Police found Richmond injured in a ditch near his home. He was brought to a local hospital where he died.

According to a probable cause affidavit, two men with firearms arrived at the 15th Street home to rob one of the residents around 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014. A previous story that ran in the Port Arthur News said Richmond was outside walking his dog when two men attacked him. During the struggle, one of the attackers lost his ski mask and DNA results showed the mask belonged to one of the suspects.

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The investigators in the case spoke with a third party witness who made a statement saying that Washington and Francis “were openly talking about how they has just robbed and killed” “TD,” which is the street name the victim used, the affidavit said.

Washington was arrested on a warrant based on the DNA evidence and brought to the Port Arthur Police station on Sept. 8, 2016 where he made a statement about the incident.

Both the aggravated robbery charges and murder charges are first-degree felonies.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grant jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.