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November 28, 2022

Update on Double Homicide in Covington

Update (November 29, 2022): St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston has positively identified one of the victims as Otis Young, age 71 and of Covington. Preston has ruled the cause of death was sharp- and blunt-force trauma, and manner of death is homicide. The second victim could not be identified through autopsy, but DNA samples are being processed now at the Coroner’s Office in-house DNA lab. Preston expects to have a conclusive match by the end of the week.

Antonio Donde Tyson, age 49 and of Covington, has been arrested in connection with the double homicide in Covington today (November 28, 2022). Tyson has been charged with  First Degree Murder (2 counts), Second Degree Kidnapping (2 counts), Obstruction of Justice (2 counts), Resisting an an Officer, and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Covington Police responded at around 7:00 AM today to the scene of an apparent double homicide where two victims were located burned beyond recognition, in the 500 block of E. Gibson Street, Covington, LA. 

During the course of the investigation, the Covington Police Department Tyson was identified as a suspect and taken into custody. 

This investigation is still ongoing, and the identification of the victims has not been determined. The St Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office will release that information at a later time. 

CPD urges members of the public who may have knowledge of this incident to contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. Citizens can also submit tips anonymously through our free app called, “Covington PD”. You can download the free app by searching “Covington PD” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once the app is downloaded, you can submit tips 100% anonymously.

CPD has expressed their thanks to the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the St Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for their assistance in this investigation. 

“This is a very sad day for the City of Covington. We lift up our prayers for the victims, their families, and our community. We like to think our city is immune from these tragedies, but we are not. I would like to commend Chief Michael Ferrell and the Covington PD for their swift and professional action.” - City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson

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