Abbeville - The Abbeville Police Department, in the continuing investigation, was able to secure an arrest warrant for Jacolby Nunez for 1st Degree Murder for the homicide claiming the life of 25-year-old James Joseph, Jr. of Abbeville. Mr. Nunez was incarcerated on April 20, 2021 for an unrelated Home Invasion and Simple Burglary warrant obtained by detectives. On April 21, 2021 officers were able to serve Mr. Nunez in the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center with the additional 1st Degree Murder warrant. This investigation is still ongoing with more arrests possible.
The Abbeville Police Department is asking that anyone who have any information regarding this case please contact the Abbeville Police Department by calling 893-2511. You may contact our “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through the Tip411 system at the department’s Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/AbbevillePolice Department/, the official web page @ www.abbevillepd.com by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” link provided or through the official Abbeville Police Department app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
On April 9, 2021 at approximately 9:30 a.m. officers of the Abbeville Police Department responded to a “Shots Fired” complaint on the 900 block of E. Lafayette Street. Upon officers arriving on scene, the observed a male victim who suffered at least one apparent gunshot wound. The victim, identified as 25-year-old James Joseph, Jr., of Abbeville, died as a result of the shooting.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for Jordan Tyler Matthews of Abbeville for the charge of Principle to 2nd Degree Murder. Mr. Matthews was located by the Lafayette Police Department and was placed under arrest. Mr. Matthews was booked into the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office then transported to the Abbeville Police Department.
This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.