The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office along with State Fire Marshal investigators have arrested a Crowley man for allegedly killing his girlfriend and burning her body and home. 33-year-old Nicholas Dupuis has been taken into custody on a warrant for first degree murder and arson.
Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Brant Thompson says Dupuis is a violent offender with a past and posted on social media about the murder before he was arrested.
“Boasting of the murder. Also, laying claim to having committed other murders and disposing of the bodies in a manner in which they would never be found. He was essentially taunting law enforcement officers.”
Thompson says police first arrested 22-year-old Kantarise Lazaro of Church Point as an accomplice after finding his vehicle at the scene of the house fire. He says Lazaro told authorities he followed Dupuis to a remote location where Dupuis tried to burn his girlfriend’s, 31-year-old Shontel Joseph, body, then helped Dupuis move her body to her house.
“He has been arrested and charged with being an accessory after the fact of first degree murder. We anticipate additional charges being filed in this case.”
Thompson says there are three different crime scenes, where Joseph was shot and killed, where she was originally burned, and where her body was moved and home set on fire. He expects additional arrests will be made throughout the course of the investigation.
“There are other individuals that aided Dupuis as he attempted to elude capture. Charges for those individuals are forthcoming, as well.”
(photo courtesy of the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Dupuis: Left, Lazaro: Right)