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Rashaud McQueen

A Jasper man is dead and his alleged killer is in jail following a shooting that occurred over the weekend near Hemphill in Sabine County.

Deputies with the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department and other emergency crews were dispatched to the Midlake Community, just off of Farm to Market Road 3121, shortly after 9:00 on Saturday morning, when it was reported that gunshots had been fired in the area.

Upon their arrival, officers reportedly found 30 year old Roshaun McQueen dead from an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

Following a brief investigation and questioning, officers soon identified Lon L. Hall as a suspect in the case and Hall was arrested and taken to the Sabine County Jail in Hemphill, where he was later arraigned and his bond set at $25,000. However, Hall was later released on personal recognizance.

McQueen was pronounced dead by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace, who requested that an autopsy be performed.

What caused the shooting is still unknown. However, the incident is still under investigation.

McQueen and two other men, Aristio Brooks and Gerald Stanley made the news here in Jasper in February 2008, when they reportedly broke into a room at the Budget Inn Motel at the intersection of Highway 190 and Houston Streets and beat Joel Lee Kendrick of Starks, Louisiana in the head with a shovel.

McQueen, Brooks and Stanley later pleaded guilty to the crime and were all sent to prison. McQueen was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in the beating, which left Kendrick handicapped and incapacitated.

Funeral services for Roshaun McQueen are pending at Coleman's Mortuary.