Deputies: St. Tammany Parish man killed by former co-worker
ST. TAMMANY PARISH - According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO), a 57-year-old man and an accomplice have been arrested in connection with the August 12 murder of one of the man's former co-workers.
Detectives say 61-year-old Everett Wayne Finely (also known as James Finley and "Gator”) was shot at a residence within the 21000 block of Wilson Road near Abita Springs on the previously mentioned date.
Finley passed away after he was found injured and rushed to a local hospital.
Following a months-long investigation, STPSO detectives eventually identified one of Finley's former coworker as a suspect, 57-year-old Robert Dickerson.
While being questioned by detectives, Dickerson reportedly confessed to shooting Finley.
Dickerson was arrested for one count of second-degree murder and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Authorities say he was also booked on warrants for one count each of possession of stolen firearms and illegal possession of unregistered weapons.
Authorities also arrested 24-year-old Melissa Smith in connection with Finley's murder. Deputies say Smith assisted Dickerson in hiding evidence associated with the crime.
According to a news release from detectives, Smith was apprehended at a home in Waynesboro, Mississippi and booked into the Wayne County Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish.
She is currently en route to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she will be booked on one count of accessory after the fact.
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