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St. Helena detectives arrest suspect in connection to homicide of 65-year-old man

Gene Rawls (Source: WAFB) Gene Rawls (Source: WAFB)

Sheriff's detectives in St. Helena Parish have arrested a suspect in connection to the death of a man who was found shot in his bed.

Gene Allen Rawls, 25, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and theft of a vehicle.

Police say Rawls allegedly went to help Herbert Graves, 65, around his home and got angry. According to police, Rawls shot Graves once when he went to sleep and took his 2008 Chevy pickup truck

Graves was found dead Sunday morning in his home on Museum Road in Greensburg. An autopsy revealed he had been shot in the head. 

Police said Graves’ family had not heard from the man since November 24. After several unanswered calls, police said the family drove to Graves’ home, finding the door ajar and the truck gone.

Graves is listed as the director of the Louisiana Museum of World Mechanical History, according to records from the Louisiana Secretary of State. The facility is located near his home.

Graves also was booked in August in St. Helena Parish on charges of human trafficking and second-degree kidnapping.

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