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SPD: Arrest made in 3-year-old cold case murder

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Jovonte Sanders, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Jovonte Sanders, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
A Crime Stoppers billboard featured 47-year-old Sherri Payton in December 2010, less than a month after her murder. A Crime Stoppers billboard featured 47-year-old Sherri Payton in December 2010, less than a month after her murder.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport Police detectives have arrested a local man and charged him with a brutal murder that occurred almost three years ago in west Shreveport.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant late last week charging 22-year-old Jovonte Sanders, of the 400 block of Lynbrook Boulevard in Shreveport, with one count of second degree murder in connection with the death of 47-year-old Sherri Payton back on November 3, 2010 at a home in the 500 block of Lynbrook Boulevard.

Payton was found in her bathroom by a friend of her son Kory Hill. Her Pontiac Grand AM had been stolen. It was found the next day at the Centrum Apartments on Waggoner Street.

 "Almost three years down the road they were able to recover evidence and information that ultimately led them to the individual they believe is responsible for the death of Mrs.Payton," says Sgt. Bill Goodin. 

KSLA News 12 spoke to Payton's daughter in an exclusive interview. 

"The void is even bigger now, because for so long you think that this is going to take some of the pain away but it actually just brings more reality home that she is never coming back," says Taylor. 

Taylor says her mom was known as the "Neighborhood Mom". She also described her mom as supportive. She says before her murder, her mother retired from LSU Health to help take care of her when she was diagnosed with cancer. 

"We thought we had beat death with myself but then about 4 months later she left," says Taylor. 

 

Sanders was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning and booked into the Shreveport City Jail. His bond has been set at $500,000.

Investigators have been working the case ever since the night of the crime and, based on information and evidence gathered during the course of their inquiry, were able to develop Sanders as a suspect.

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