On August 3, 2016, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Joseph “Joey” Mixon, 41, a resident of Shorty Bush Road in Bogalusa, for the murder of Christin M. James, 36, a Mandeville resident. The murder occurred at Mixon’s residence.
Mixon confessed to shooting James, then attempting to burn her body to cover up the crime. When confronted by Washington Parish detectives, Mixon led them to the site where he attempted to burn the body and detectives were able to recover the partially burned remains.
Evidence at the time led to another person being involved in the crime. That other person, Keri Glenn Stewart, 42, a resident of Old River Road in Bogalusa, was arrested on October 4, 2016, and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice.
The investigation revealed that Stewart was present at the time and location of the murder, and then left the scene in the victim’s vehicle, supposedly planning to dispose of the vehicle in a remote area away from the murder scene.
As Stewart drove the victim’s vehicle, she encountered a Louisiana State Police trooper who attempted to make a routine traffic stop. Stewart failed to yield and ultimately crashed. The victim’s vehicle was heavily damaged and Stewart received significant injuries which resulted in her being airlifted to an area hospital. Although detectives were able to identify Stewart earlier in the investigation, the arrest was delayed until she was released from the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing in an effort to determine exact motive for the crime.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Our detectives have done an outstanding job in pursuing all leads in this murder investigation. I congratulate them on a job well done.”