Blaine Manalle, a 20-year-old Slidell, Louisiana woman, was arrested on June 11 for second-degree murder. Manalle and two other people were reportedly booked in connection with the death of 46-year-old Jeffery Howell.
In addition to Manalle’s arrest, Cameron Alphonso, 21, was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and Alden Kindergran, 22, was charged with one count of disturbing the peace. Kindergran was released on Sunday, June 10, after posting a $750 bond. Alphonso remains in jail on a $125,000 bond.
Manalle, Alphonso, and Kindergran are all suspected to be involved in the death of 46-year-old Jeffery Howell, who died after an altercation on the West Pearl River in Louisiana. Howell, a 46-year-old from Pearl River, had recently undergone surgery to remove a tumor and still had staples in his head.
St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said that Preston died from a blow to the head near the scar from his surgery three weeks ago. “The cause of death was blunt head trauma. He was fresh on an operation on his head to remove a malignancy,” Preston said.
via The Times-Picayune:
The autopsy, conducted Monday morning by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, ruled the death a homicide and determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head. According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Howell died as a result of injuries he received during a “disturbance” between two large groups of people that sparked a physical fight.
Deputies responded shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday to the fight on a sand bar along the West Pearl River, just south of the Davis Landing Boat Launch in the Slidell area. By Sunday morning, Alphonso and Alden Kindergran, 22, both of Slidell, were arrested in Howell’s death. Kindergran, accused of disturbing the peace, was released Sunday afternoon on a $750 bond, authorities said.
Alphonso remained in jail Monday night, according to St. Tammany jail records. His bond was set at $125,000 on the manslaughter charge, records show, but could increase with his upgraded charge. Investigators interviewed more than 40 people in an effort to establish the probable cause necessary to arrest Manalle, St. Tamanny Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said in a news release Monday night.
Police say that additional arrests could occur as detectives continue conducting interviews and collecting information. At this time, police say over 40 people have been interviewed.