Hunt Orleans Man In Park Slay Probe

New Orleans States-Item, 19 Aug 1963, pgs 1, 11


Arrest Ordered By Police

Police today ordered the arrest for questioning of a 24-year-old man in the murder probe surrounding the discovery of the body of Lonzy Haywood Minshew in Audubon Park Saturday.

Police reported a relative said that Minshew was robbed by the wanted man, who had stolen his car on a previous occasion.

Believed “Rolled”

Police believe Minshew, 45, 1315 St. Mary, was “rolled” of his money before being dumped in the park. The victim was traced to a Magazine st. bar at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers said the wanted man lived in the same general neighborhood as Minshew. The man will be booked with investigation of murder when found, police said.

Minshew, father of nine children, was found in Audubon Park Saturday morning. The body was behind a tree about 30 feet from River dr. near shelter house No. 7 at the park.

Dragged from Road

The body had been dragged from the roadway, police said.

A coroner’s autopsy showed that Minshew suffered a fractured larynx, cerebral hemorrhage and multiple abrasions.

Though police first thought Minshew might have been the victim of a hit and run accident, Lt. James Kruebbe of the homicide division said yesterday, “We believe this is a murder.”

Car Located

The victim’s car was located yesterday in the 1100 block of Gaienne beneath the approach to the Greater New Orleans Bridge.

Minshew was an employe[e] of Hepinstall Steel Fabricators, 800 Market. He had been paid Friday and was reported, police said, to be carrying about $60. No wallet was found on the body.

A next-door neighbor of the Minshews, Mrs. Joseph Reeves of 1319 St. Mary, said Minshew had been working a 4:30 to midnight shift for about two weeks.

Expected for Dinner

She said she had stopped to chat with Mrs Minshew on the porch of the Minshew residence shortly before 8 p.m. Friday night, and Mrs. Minshew was expecting her husband home about 8:30 p.m. to leave some money with her and eat dinner.

Minshew, she said, was supposed to have cashed a $100 paycheck and dropped off $25 at home so his wife could pay a grocery bill that evening. Mrs. Minshew told her she had bought a steak for her husband’s meal. Mrs. Reeves said.

She said Mrs. Minshew worked at intervals as a private duty nurse, and is expecting another child. She described Minshew as a man of steady habits who “took good care of his family.”

Left for Kosciusko

Mrs. Reeves said Mrs. Minshew and the entire family left New Orleans about 11 a.m. yesterday for Kosciusko, Miss., where funeral services for the victim will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Jordan Funeral Home. Religious rites and burial will be in Kosciusko.

Survivors include his wife, the former Bonnie Kate Wallace; nine children, Lavonna Gail, Rose Marie, Theresa Fay, Shirley Kay, Sheila Annette, Frankie Tarver, Billy Haywood, Peggy Joe and Mrs. Wallace West; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen T. Minshew, Leaksville, Miss.; two brothers, Donald and Dixon Minshew, Carthage, Miss.; and two sisters, Mrs. James Jordan, Jackson, Miss., and Mrs. Jack Gwin, Kosciusko.


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