Murder suspect surrenders

Desmond Devonte Verdin turned himself in at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in connection with charges stemming from a Dec. 24, 2019 shooting.

Verdin was booked on warrants for First Degree Murder and First-Degree Attempted Murder. His bonds for these charges totaled $2,000,000.

He was also booked on warrants for Aggravated Second Degree Battery; Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation; Domestic Abuse Battery of a Pregnant Victim; Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substance I; Transactions Involving Proceeds From CDS Activity, Distribution of Heroin and Use of a CDS In the Presence of Persons Under 17 Years. His bonds for these offenses totaled an additional $185,000.


On Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at approx. 11:45 a.m., Terrebonne Parish deputies and detectives responded to a local hospital regarding two men who suffered with gunshot wounds. Deputies obtained information that the shooting had taken place at the intersection of St. Louis Canal Rd. and N. Hollywood Rd. Houma while the two men were inside of a vehicle. After the shooting the suspect’s vehicle turned right onto N. Hollywood Rd. headed towards West Park Ave.  Detectives obtained information that there was an alleged verbal altercation that occurred inside of the Southland Mall which led to this shooting. There were multiple bullet holes in the vehicle that the victims occupied. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2019, Tuesday morning at approx. 3:45 a.m. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by a hospital physician and informed that the 35-year-old gunshot victim, Courtney Carter had passed away.

On Jan. 2, 2020, Tyler D. Payne Jr., 27, was arrested by detectives and is now being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex charged with murder and attempted murder. A 15-year-old juvenile suspect was also arrested, on Jan. 1. During an attempt to apprehend Verdin on Jan. 1, a vehicle pursuit ensued during which the vehicle in question crashed into a house on Olympe Drive in the Village East subdivision, causing minor damage. A passenger, Gerard Barrow, 25, was arrested for possession and distribution of methamphetamine.