Jamal Scott James, 25, is accused of raping a woman at a truck stop. He is now facing charges of killing a 66-year-old woman in Louisiana.
Margie Taylor was found fatally shot at her home.
The crime occurred in 2014 and the arrest was reported Nov. 18, 2015.
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A 14-month-old murder case may be on its way to a conclusion.
A man who was arrested late last year for allegedly raping a woman at the Beau Chene Truck Stop has been charged in the death of 66-year-old Margie Taylor.
Capt. Clay Higgins with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office said Jamal Scott James, 25, who was already in the St. Landry Parish Jail for aggravated rape and attempted first-degree murder charges, is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with Taylor's death.
Taylor's body was found Sept. 17, 2014 in her home on Salvador Road. Deputies who were dispatched responded because Taylor's alarm had activated. When deputies arrived, Taylor's body lay on the floor with three gunshot wounds from a small caliber gun.
"The 14 months that ensued from September of last year involved a great deal of careful investigation, harvesting of evidence from the field, testing of DNA...," Higgins said Wednesday morning. "This was a challenging homicide investigation. The detectives never stopped."
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