The Lake Charles Police Department has made additional arrests in the 2nd-degree murder of 18-year-old Paulden James Lewis of Lake Charles on October 1. It was on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, at 12:16 pm, when officers were dispatched to 4249 5th Avenue, in regards to a shooting.

When officers arrived they learned Lewis had been shot. He was then taken to a local hospital where he died the following day, Wednesday, Oct. 2, due to injuries sustained during the shooting.

Jeremiah Devon Richard, 26, of Lake Charles, was identified as a suspect. A bond was issued for $500,000 and he was arrested by the LCPD SWAT team and charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder on the morning of Wednesday, October 2. After Lewis' death, Richard was charged with 2nd-degree murder, where Judge Mike Canaday issued a new bond of $1 million for the "enhanced charge", said a media release.

According to an updated media release, further investigation brought upon more arrest warrants by Judge Canaday.

Brandon Jerome Jefferson, a.k.a. “Bleek”, 24, of Lafayette was identified and located in Lafayette Parish on October 7. Jefferson was later booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail on active Lafayette warrants along with the warrant through the Lake Charles Police Department for 2nd-degree murder. His bond is $1.25 million.

On October 8, warrants were obtained for two females identified during the investigation. They were located on October 8, in Lafayette Parish and transported back to Lake Charles and later booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

Akeala Ellis, 35, of Lafayette was arrested by the Lake Charles Police Department on a warrant for accessory after the fact of 2nd-degree murder. Her bond was set at $150,000.

Odessa Chavis, 29, of Lafayette was arrested by the Lake Charles Police Department on a warrant for accessory after the fact of 2nd-degree murder. Her bond was set at $75,000.

The Lafayette Police Department’s assisted the Lake Charles Police Department during the investigation.

As the investigation continues, additional arrests are expected. Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Larry Newingham at 337.491.1311.