Arrest made in shooting death

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NWHS student reportedly confessed to Monday shooting

SPRINGHILL — A North Webster High School student was arrested on murder charges Wednesday in connection to the shooting of his classmate.

Josh D. Lewis, 17, of Cotton Valley, was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on a charge of second-degree murder.

Lewis reportedly confessed to killing NWHS junior Jaylen Thomas, 17, of Springhill during questioning.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a disagreement from two other teens, which eventually led to a disagreement between Lewis and Thomas.

The argument was reportedly over a female.

Lewis, who was a person of interest, turned himself in Wednesday.

Thomas’ body was found near a church Monday. Sixteen gunshots were reportedly fired during the altercation. Thomas’ body was sent to Little Rock for autopsy.

Thomas was a running back for the NWHS Knight’s football team. He was a member of the starting backfield for the Knights before breaking his leg early in the season.

Grief counselors have been at the school this week to assist students with the loss.

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