NATALBANY, La. (WAFB) - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish have upgraded charges for a man already in jail in connection with the disappearance and subsequent murder of a Hammond man.
Deputies charged Julius Gales, 24, of Hammond, who was already in jail on prior charges, with first-degree murder on Dec. 18 for fatally shooting Pere Jackson, 27, of Hammond, in November.
Jackson was reported missing on Nov. 15. Authorities discovered his body on Nov. 18 near the edge of a wooded area on Dead End Street in Natalbany.
Gales and Gerrell Perry, 18, of Independence, were arrested and charged with accessory to first-degree murder and obstruction of justice on Nov. 21.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6150 or Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.