Man suspected of murdering stepfather arrested

Joel Lehmann subject of region-wide search

Thomas Perumean
January 19, 2020 - 2:54 pm
Joel Lehmann arrested in Friday murder in Violet



On Friday afternoon gunfire rang out at a home on East St. Bernard Highway in the community of Violet.

Deputies arrived sometime after 4pm to find a man dead his home.

Sheriff's investigators had one lead, they wanted to find and question the man's stepson, 35-year-old Joel Lehmann.

But Lehmann was nowhere to be found.

Less than 24-hours into the search, the truck Lehmann was said to be driving turned up abandoned on North Peters Street in the French Quarter.

Today, Joel Lehmann was in custody in St. Bernard Parish.

Details of his arrest are not available, but Lehmann has been charged with first degree murder in the killing his stepfather at the home the two shared.

He is now an inmate of the St. Bernard Parish Prison, no word has been released on whether Lehmann is eligible for bail.

No other details about the case have been released. 

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