St. Landry

Mar 23, 2011 11:46 PM by Maddie Garrett

Update: Murder Suspect Kills Himself, Victim's Family Reaction

A murder suspect is found dead in St. Landry Parish Wednesday afternoon, over two weeks after the crime was committed. The family of the victim, Shantell Williams, said despite knowing who's responsible for their sister's death, they still don't feel like justice has been served.

"It's like the moment we close our eyes at night it's time to open your eyes again to get to moving to the next day to see what the next day's going to bring," said Tawana Allen, Williams' younger sister.

It all began on the morning of March 8, 2011, when police found 34-year-old Shantell Williams found shot to death at the home of a friend in Eunice.

"It's just been tragic, for everybody," said Allen.

15 days later, Eunice Police, along with U.S. Marshals and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office have finally tracked down their only murder suspect in the case, 38-year-old Peter Randy Batiste.

"We ended up here, heard movement inside and it progressed from there," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Corey Britt.

Around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday officials arrived at the home of Batiste's family member in Lawtell, where they believe he had been staying. They were there to issue a warrant for his arrest in the murder of Williams. But after entering the home they found Batiste already dead from a self inflicted gun shot wound.
from a self inflicted gun shot wound.

"I don't think he had any information we were on his heals until he looked out the window and saw us," said Britt.

"Would have been nice to have him come forward and of course in tradition be processed and admit why he did what he did," said Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies.

Police said they have no doubt that Batiste was the killer. But they, along with Williams' family, wish the outcome had been different.

"For the most part wishing that we could have known more, like reasons of why he took her life. You know that remains unknown but at this point we have at least some closure to say that we can sleep at night and rest knowing that the person that took her life has been identified," said Allen.

Eunice Police could only say that that Batiste was an acquaintance of Williams from the morning of her murder. It's still unclear how long before authorities entered the home that Batiste had shot himself. Authorities have also not released where on his body the gun shot wound was, or what kind of gun he used. The investigation is ongoing.



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