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LSU employees react to the murder of well-known co-worker

Douglas Studeman is suspected of murdering Chester Oakley and burying him in his vegetable garden. Douglas Studeman is suspected of murdering Chester Oakley and burying him in his vegetable garden.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

After discovering that a long time employee was murdered and buried in his own vegetable garden, the LSU's athletic community is gripped in disbelief.

According to the Baton Rouge Police, 54-year old Douglas Studeman used a blunt object to kill Chester Oakley after getting into an argument at Oakley's home. Authorities say Oakley opened his home to Studeman in exchange with help around the house.

"It didn't surprise me at all that Chester would take in a homeless person, and try to mentor this guy," said Breaux.

Oakley retired from LSU in 2003. Since then, he has become an avid golfer. Several golfers, from the LSU golf course, said Oakley would be there as early as 5:30am. He was a participant in the senior tournaments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Bo Bahnesen of the LSU Athletic Department started his career working with Oakley in the athletic dormitory. Bahnesen explained how Oakley influenced a lot of students throughout his career.

"He touched the lives of many athletes that came through Broussard Hall in some way," said Bahnesen. "He was the father figure there."

In February, Studeman was released from prison, after he was convicted of felony theft and forgery.

He was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery.

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