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FRANKLIN PARISH (KTVE/KARD) — A 15-year-old person of interest has been taken into custody for the homicide of an elderly Franklin Parish man.

On February 13, 2023, at 7:06 PM, officials of the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Mason Street in Winnsboro, La. in reference to a male found deceased. Upon arrival, authorities discovered that the victim’s demise was due to a homicide.

NBC 10 has learned that the victim was identified as 79-year-old Benjamin Scott. After deputies initiated an investigation, they discovered that a 15-year-old male was a person of interest and he was placed in custody on February 13, 2023, at 10:41 PM.

The person of interest has been charged with Second-Degree Murder. According to authorities, the incident remains under investigation.

This investigation is currently ongoing; however, all evidence indicates that the suspect arrested was the sole offender involved. Sheriff Cobb wishes to express his thanks to Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Winnsboro City Police Department for their assistance.

Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office