PAPD releases name of man killed; suspect’s bond set after murder arrest

Published 11:12 am Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Port Arthur Police Department has identified Taylor Rodriguez, 23, as the victim of a Wednesday’s homicide.

Lachrisha Abshire, 33, was charged and arrested for his murder Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Ben Collins set bond at $1 million. She also has a $200 bond for failure to appear and was out of jail on bond for a theft charge out of Port Arthur at the time of her arrest.

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Jefferson County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Marc DeRouen ordered an autopsy, which is set for Thursday afternoon, he said.

Det. Sadie Guedry said Abshire was taken into custody a short time after police responded to the scene.

Port Arthur Police ID Technician Leesa Bigelow and an officer walk past the wooded area where a deceased person’s body was found.

Dispatch first received a report of an unresponsive person in a wooded area in the 5000 block of Twin City Highway at approximately 12:54 p.m. Wednesday.

Arriving officers located a male, who was deceased.

Guedry said the victim “sustained injuries during an altercation that investigators believe led to his death.”

PAPD Chief Tim Duriso, along with a number of officers and ID technicians, were at the scene Wednesday afternoon and yellow crime scene tape marked off a section of the roadway leading to Walmart.

Bystanders parked and gathered across from the scene in the shopping strip nearby, periodically asking officers for updates.

Several people who described themselves as homeless were heard saying they knew “who killed him.”