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This item originally appeared in the April 7, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.

By VALERIE METREJEAN

Staff Writer

A 27-year-old Monroe man was shot and killed early Sunday morning. Johnny Jackson, a senior sociology major at Tech, has been arrested as a suspect in the shooting death.

Former Tech football players Jackson, 22, of Aliceville, Ala., and Myron Hawthorne, 22, of 3107 Courtney Ave., Ruston, were involved in a dispute at Banana Bob's Cantina in Monroe early Sunday morning.

Also involved in the altercation were Arrigo Adams, 27, of 808 S. 16th St., Monroe, and Kevin Honeycutt, 25, of 521 Mississippi St., Monroe.

"Jackson and Hawthorne, who were accompanied by females, went to the Waffle House [in Monroe] when they left the night club and ordered their food when Honeycutt and Adams entered the diner," Capt. Dave Harris of the Monroe Police Department, said.

Armed with a pipe, Honeycutt allegedly hit Hawthorne in the head.

Hawthorne then allegedly pulled out a gun and attempted to shoot Honeycutt.

Witnesses say the gun was either misfired or jammed.

The group took the dispute outside of the Monroe Waffle House where Jackson allegedly also produced a gun and began shooting at Adams.

Adams was trying to exit the parking lot in a truck when Jackson allegedly shot Adams in the chest.

Adams was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, where he died later that day because of the gunshot wound.

A second-degree murder warrant was held for Jackson until around 24 hours after the shooting took place.

A spokesman from Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office said Jackson called the police and made arrangements with them to turn himself in.

"Jackson was arrested 3 a.m. Monday morning at the Citgo Station on Tech Drive [in Ruston]," Harris said.

Harris said Jackson surrendered himself with no resistance.

He was immediately taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center in Ruston and then he was transferred to the Ouachita Correctional Center.

Jackson is being held on bail, which has been set at $350,000.

Hawthorne was booked on charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegally carrying a weapon.

Honeycutt was also arrested for aggravated battery.

Both men are currently waiting on official hearings.

There is still an open and ongoing investigation.

"This is a tragic situation, but I still do not know enough about it," Head Football Coach Jack Bicknell said.

He could not comment much on the incident involving his former football players.

Bicknell said, "We are still trying to get the correct facts."

Associate managing editor Jordan Marshall and news editor Sarah Broach contributed to this staff report.


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