20-year-old charged in Wayde Sims' murder

Don Ames
September 29, 2018 - 11:19 am

Baton Rouge police announced Saturday morning that a 20-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims.  

Simms, a junior at LSU was shot just after midnight Friday morning just off the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge. 

Video showed an argument turned into a fistfight around 12:30 a.m. Friday, and then one gunshot rang out. Sims later died at a hospital. 

An autopsy Friday determined he died of a gunshot to the head that traveled into his neck, said East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark.

Investigators collected the shooter’s glasses from the scene and connected the DNA to Dyteon Simpson. He was arrested on a second-degree murder charge Saturday morning. Bond is expected to be set this afternoon.

Police Chief Murphy Paul says DNA evidence led them to Simpson, who admitted to authorities that he shot Sims.

Paul says Sims stepped into a fight to defend a friend that was being punched on the ground. Authorities say Simpson was doing the punching and when Sims stepped in that’s when Simpson fired the weapon.

See video of fight before murder of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims


East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says they had a lot of help from the public. "This case was a little unique, in that we had video evidence, we had physical evidence, we had scientific evidence. Then you had  all of the other people that were continuing to call. And, they not only called, but they called very quickly."

Simpson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with second-degree murder. His case will be brought before a grand jury soon. Bond is expected to be set this afternoon.

Sims was born in Winter Park, Florida then moved to Baton Rouge. Before LSU, he attended University Laboratory School. He was the 2014-2015 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and was chosen for the First Team All-State selection.

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