07-26-2009, 10:23 PM #1
LA - Jeslynn Broussard, Lake Charles, 17 April 1990
Crackdown on Crime - Who killed Jeslynn Broussard?
By Lee Peck
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Though the name has changed over the last 19 years and thousands of people since walked through these doors - Lake Charles Police are hoping to find the person with the answers to what happened here in the early morning hours of April 17, 1990.
"A person had walked into a convenience store at 3630 Kirkman Street and located what he believed to be a person that was deceased laying a pool of blood," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.
The victim: the store's overnight clerk, 20-year-old Jeslynn Broussard.
"Based on our evidence at the scene, we know that she was shot from behind from outside the window," said Kraus.
It was only Jeslynn's second night on the job. Working her way through college, there were lots of questions why and who could do such a thing. When we spoke to the family six years ago they were still struggling to deal with her death.
"For someone to come in from behind her and shoot her from behind, it would have to be a coward to do that. I mean she was a young girl," said Kathy Porter, Jeslynn's mother.
"And we always said, if the store was robbed, then we could maybe understand. But to not have anything taken, the "why?" was probably worse than anything else," said Brett Broussard, Jeslynn's brother.
But here's what investigators do know: They know Jeslynn got to work around 11:35 p.m. dropped off by her boyfriend - he stayed until around 1 a.m. A little over an hour later Jeslynn would be dead.
"At about 2:04 a.m. our victim had cashed her own check out of the register pushing the no sale button. At 2:07 a.m. is when we got the call so we believe in that very, very small window of 3 minutes that this murder was committed," explained Kraus.
The case would center around the windows - the window of opportunity and the window where she was shot through. Cotton fibers were lifted from that window by detectives and tracks found in the early morning dew would lead investigators a block away to a bicycle with the same cotton fibers on it. Tips of a suspect would also surface, but nothing to tie the person to the murder.
"We believe that the person that was involved in this just prior to this incident was inside the store and was used to getting something free from the store clerk that worked there and this time that store clerk turned this person down and a short time later she was murdered for it," said Kraus.
At this time police aren't disclosing their suspect's name, but hope you have information to provide them with enough evidence to make an arrest. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.
11-05-2015, 07:25 PM #2
Cold Case: 1990 homicide of Jeslynn Broussard
Posted: Nov 04, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Updated: Nov 04, 2015 11:25 PM CST
By Jillian Corder
Jesslynn Broussard was 20
Recently, investigators began examining evidence from the 1990 homicide of a convenience store clerk.
In the early hours of April 17, 1990, Jeslynn Broussard, 20, was working the overnight shift at the Wizard Fas-Stop at Kirkman and East School streets. It was just her second night on the job.
"She was by herself, late hours, and someone came along and felt like they needed to do what they did," said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, "Someone approached a service window, fired one shot into the store, and it struck the store clerk."
Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Broussard cashed her own check at 2:04 a.m. Police were called to the scene at 2:07 a.m.
"Very, very small window of three minutes that this murder was committed," said Kraus.
Broussard was shot in the back of the head, through a window behind the register. That window remains boarded at the store, now known as the E-Z Shop.
"We don't believe that, in this case, that the person got into the store," said Kraus," We don't think that anything was taken."
A robbery would show some kind of intent, but in this case, nothing was taken from inside.
"Generally, somebody has a piece of information, that we have not heard yet, or we can not find, and that information is the piece of information that solves these homicides," said Kraus.
Lake Charles Police Department - 337-491-1456
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