On July 23, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a man who had been shot near the intersection of Sunny Hill Road and Highway 38 in the Mt. Hermon area.
The investigation of the shooting led to the arrest of 18 YO Tyler Oatis, a resident of Gill Road.
20 YO Jessica Mezquite, a resident of Highway 1056, was identified as being with Oatis at the time of the shooting.
Oatis was apprehended in Pike County, Mississippi, and extradited to Washington Parish on July 26 when he was jailed on a charge of attempted murder.
Mezquite was arrested on July 27 and jailed on a charge of being an accessory to attempted murder.
On August 9, the victim died.
As a result of his death, the charge against Oatis has been upgraded to first degree murder and the charge against Mezquite has been upgraded to accessory to first degree murder.
Oatis is being held with no bond.
Mezquite’s bond is set at $250,000.