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August 21, 2023

Bogalusa Man Indicted for Murder & Kidnapping

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on August 15, 2023, a Washington Parish Grand Jury indicted 27 year-old Trevion R. Mark of Bogalusa for the second-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder of Brett Ritchie. Mark was also indicted for obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence and possession of fentanyl. 

Assistant District Attorney, Doug Freese presented the case to the Grand Jury.

The homicide took place on Easter Sunday afternoon (April 12, 2020). Officers with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of gunshots in a rural area in southeast Washington Parish and discovered the body of a young male, later identified as 24 year-old Brett Ritchie of Bogalusa, lying on the edge of a gravel driveway near the roadway. 

Officers obtained a description of a vehicle with Texas license plates which drove away from the area shortly after the shots were fired. Officers discovered the described vehicle in the Enon area, detained the driver, Trevion R. Mark (24) of Fort Worth, Texas. Mark was searched and found to be in possession of illegal drugs. Mark was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. After several search warrants and interviews, detectives were able to put Trevion Mark at the crime scene with the victim. A warrant was then obtained from a 22nd Judicial District Court Judge to arrest Mark on an additional charge of 2nd degree murder. 

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