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Two arrested in assault of dead man

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Posted: Nov 5, 2013 6:02 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Nov 5, 2013 6:47 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: willie, francis, webb, murder, berwick, morgan, city, st, mary, parish, sheriffs, office

MORGAN CITY - Police arrested two men they said assaulted Willie Francis, 23, of Bayou Vista a few days before he was found shot to death.

Joshua Donnel Robertson and Taj Broussard are not linked to the murder, but investigators have not ruled them out.

Morgan City Police booked Robertson and Broussard for aggravated assault the day Francis was found dead in a ditch in nearby Berwick.

Francis was reported missing last Tuesday night when St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Deputies found his car abandoned along Hwy 90, and he wasn't in it. The next day Francis was found less than two miles away, dumped in a ditch and riddled with bullet holes according to family members.

Francis' father, Willie Webb, believes Robertson and Broussard are either responsible or know who is. Webb filed a report with Morgan City Police three days before his son was found dead, saying he and his son were held at gunpoint by Robertson and Broussard on Oct. 27.

Webb said the men threatened then, then one of them pulled the trigger on his gun, but it didn't fire a bullet.

Last week, after his son was murdered, Webb accused law enforcement of not acting fast enough on his report, and said, "[Willie] would be alive today."

Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch explained the day Webb called police that officers chased both men, recovered one gun, and eventually arrested them for the assault charges.

Both Robertson and Broussard were questioned by Morgan City Police and the sheriff's office in connection with Francis' murder.

"As of right now, I don't think the two have been linked but they're still investigating that, and the sheriff's office is handling that. Anything is a possibility at this point," Crouch said.

Anyone with information should this case should contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 384-1622 or (985) 337-1960.

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