|Man booked for triple homicide at Larto|
A Franklin, La., man was charged with three counts of first degree murder in Catahoula Parish Tuesday following his arrest in a wooded area at Larto.
Sheriff James Glen Kelly said Lee John Ponthieux Jr., 41, was captured after midnight Tuesday following a 24-hour search. Kelly said Ponthieux had in his possession the shotgun believed used in the murders.
"He offered no resistance," Kelly said.
Deputies found Ponthieux "in the woods, laying down and trying to hide," Kelly said. He said one deputy heard a twig break and "shined his light and there he was, just a few feet away."
Ponthieux was charged in the deaths of Edris Eileen Ellard, 51, of Larto, her husband John "Bozo" Ellard, 45, of Monterey and her mother, Annie Bell Adams, 74, of Larto.
Kelly said the sheriff's office received a call Monday at 3 a.m. that there had been a fight at the Annie Bell Adams residence on Moody Road. When deputies arrived, he said they found the bodies of the Ellards in the yard and the body of Adams inside the home.
Debbie Adams, 57, the girlfriend of Ponphieux and the daughter and sister of the victims, called the sheriff's office to report that a fight occurred at the Annie Bell Adams' home,
"She said she thought she heard gunshots when she ran from the scene," Kelly said, adding that she was later arrested for obstruction of justice.
A motive for the crime has yet to be revealed, he said.
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