1 in custody, 1 suspect at large in oxidation pond homicide

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James E. Morrow Jr., b/m, 30, of the 100 block of Payne Drive, is in jail in connection with the murder of Joshua Lee Humphries, w/m, 35, of Trout in LaSalle Parish. A second suspect, Kendrick Cox, remains at large as of press time.

IN CUSTODY: JAMES MORROW JR

Humphries was reported missing by family to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office Jan. 13.
This article published in the Feb. 10, 2022, print edition

His body was found in an oxidation pond in the Payne Subdivision Wednesday, Feb. 2. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies say the body had been in the water several days.
Morrow Jr. was arrested Feb. 2 and was detained at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center (NPDC) on 1 count of Unlawful Disposal of Remains. He was subsequently arrested Friday, Feb. 4, and charged with 1-count of First Degree Murder in Humphries death.
Authorities are searching for Cox, b/m, 30, of the 100 block of Cherie Loop, Natchitoches in connection with the homicide. Cox is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, possibly wearing eyeglasses.
Cox has a lengthy rap sheet in Natchitoches Parish dating back to his sealed juvenile records. His first recorded arrest was in July 2008 for disturbing the peace by fighting where he received a $50 fine. In October of that year, he pled guilty to a second disturbing the peace charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended, and he was ordered to pay a $250 fine. He faced a third DTP charge in March 2009.
In July 2009, Cox was charged with simple criminal damage to property and two counts of simple battery, both batteries on family members.
Those misdemeanor charges were dismissed Sept. 25, 2009, because Cox was incarcerated on felony charges filed Sept. 11, 2009, of armed robbery with a firearm and second-degree battery. Those charges were amended to armed robbery and second-degree battery in relation to an incident at Ms. B’s Quick Stop in the Payne Subdivision. Court records state Cox told the proprietor, age 80, to open the cash drawer and as she attempted to get a gun she kept under the counter, Cox struck her on the head with his gun. She obtained several injuries during the subsequent fall.
A jury found Cox guilty Jan. 19, 2011, on both counts. He was sentenced March 18, 2011, to the minimum sentence of 10 years without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence for armed robbery and three years on the conviction for second-degree battery to be served consecutively and with credit for time served.
The conviction was appealed and on Oct. 24, 2012, Cox motioned for bond pending the appeal. Bail was denied.
On March 1, 2016, Cox was charged with possession/introduction of contraband in a correctional institution. Those charges were dismissed in September of that year.
Victim: Joshua Humphries

Cox was most recently charged July 15, 2021, for domestic abuse battery, possession of synthetic marijuana June 21, 2021, and again Aug. 24, 2021, for violation of a protective order and domestic abuse battery. He was released from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center Sept. 8, 2021, and has been free since.
Cox attended Lakeview High School in Campti and resides in Natchitoches.
Morrow has a record of misdemeanor charges including traffic violations and DWI -1st offense in 2005. His most recent arrest prior to this incident was for possession of synthetic marijuana June 21, 2021.
Sheriff Stuart Wright, center in red, Chief Deputy Greg Dunn, far left, and several detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau, NPSO High Tech Crime Unit and Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force met during a briefing on the homicide investigation.
Photos courtesy of NPSO

If Cox is seen do not approach him, call 911, your local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers of Natchitoches at 318-238-2388.