Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a 16-year-old male has been charged as an accessory in the shooting death of 53-year-old Kirby Courteaux Jr. last week. The juvenile is the third person facing charges in the incident. Terance Dupre, 22, of Montegut was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder in the case. Devante Matthews, 21, of Montegut is also wanted for murder and is still at large.
Through investigation, detectives learned Dupre, Matthews, and Courteaux were at a boat launch in Point-aux-Chenes on the night of May 11, 2019, when Courteaux was reportedly shot multiple times. Matthews and Dupre took Courteaux’s body and his truck. They then transported his body to Morgan City and left him near a wooded area. Further investigation revealed a 16-year-old male was traveling with them in the truck to Morgan City.
On May 15, 2019, Dupre was taken into custody after Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found him driving the victim’s vehicle in Montegut. During questioning by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, Dupre had to be hospitalized for treatment on an unrelated matter. He was released from the hospital on Thursday, May 23, and he was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on the charge of Second Degree Murder. His bail is set at $1 million.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained a warrant for the juvenile for the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder. On Thursday, May 23, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with the juvenile and took him into custody. He was placed into the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux.
Investigators are still seeking Devante Matthews who is wanted for Second Degree Murder. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
The investigation into this case is continuing.