JPSO Spokesman Col. John Fortunato says homicide detectives are looking for 23-year-old Willis Stevenson. Police say Stevenson's 2-door Trans Am was found abandoned near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Emmanuel in Bridge City later in the evening hours following Mrs. Richardson's murder.
Fortunato says Stevenson has "an extensive prior criminal history," with reported arrests for: Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, numerous Resisting Arrest charges, numerous Battery on a Police Officer charges, Several counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Illegal Use of a Firearm, 2 counts of a Felon in Possession of a firearm, multiple Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana charges, Possession of Cocaine, Simple Burglary, 5 counts of being a Fugitive, Multiple attachments and Traffic related charges.
According to Fortunato, "from the onset of this investigation our homicide detectives were unsure who the initial intended victim may have been in this investigation."
Anyone with information in this matter, or who may know the whereabouts of Willis Stevenson is asked to contact the JPSO Homicide Division at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.