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LPSO: Denham Springs man confessed to killing

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Posted: Sep 16, 2013 4:43 PM by Russell Jones, Jason Newton
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 6:02 PM
Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: livingston parish arrest, murder arrest, livingston parish murder, denham springs murder, joel orozco arrested, joel orozco, David Nguyen, David Nguyen murdered

DENHAM SPRINGS - Detectives said a Livingston Parish man confessed to shooting and killing a Baton Rouge man who went missing over the weekend.

Deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Joel Orozco, 18, of Denham Springs Sunday after they said he admitted to shooting and killing David Nguyen, 17, of Baton Rouge.

Investigators said Nguyen's mother reported him missing to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and said he was last seen Saturday morning. The sheriff's office asked LPSO to assist, and they said the investigation led them to Orozco.

Detectives said he confessed to the shooting, and led them to Nguyen's body off Clearwater Drive in Denham Springs. Investigators said they found other evidence related to the crime at Orozco's home and the crime scene.

"We just knew it was something big going on," said Terri Dentro, who lives near Clearwater Drive.

The search continued for more clues Monday. Deputies with metal detectors combed the thick brush with no luck before making way for a mower to help clear some of the area.

Within minutes they found what they were looking for. A gun was retrieved, marked and stored away as evidence.

"I've been here a long time," said Vivian Guidry, a resident of the neighborhood where the body was found. "Never had anything like that happen."

People who live close by say the security they once lived in has now been shattered. To hear a person's body was found so close to home has some reconsidering their daily routines.

"I have grandchildren that play here in my driveway," said Dentro. "I watch them the best you can watch children, but you just don't know."

Investigators booked Orozco into the Livingston Parish jail on suspicion of second degree murder. A judge gave him a $150,000 bond today.

IMAGE: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

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