The lone suspect in the Easter 2015 slaying of a Laurel man was returned to Jones County and will now face murder charges here.

Irving L. Lee, 35, is accused of gunning down William Cooley on Easter Sunday night more than three years ago in the 1800 block of Lindsey Avenue, which is about a block east of North 1st Avenue. The shooting reportedly was over a woman both men were or had been involved with.

Lee, of New Orleans, fled after the shooting and authorities began searching for him.

“This is not New Orleans. This is not Marrero,” Laurel police Chief Tyrone Stewart said at the time. “By any means necessary, the Laurel Police Department will see justice served.”

In September 2015, Lee was involved in an auto- mobile accident that, it was believed, left him severely injured and comatose. Because of that, Lee was not extradited at the time back to Jones County to face the murder trial.

But, apparently, he recovered from that accident and was up to his old tricks in the Big Easy.

“We started to get word that he was down there causing more trouble,” LPD Capt. Tommy Cox said.

Lee was placed back on the National Crime Information Center and arrested in New Orleans about two months ago. He would not agree to waive extradition.

LPD received a governor’s warrant to have Lee sent back to Mississippi, but paperwork issues kept the wheels of justice gummed up for nearly two months.

On Friday, Lee was driven from New Orleans to Jones County. He had his initial appearance Sunday in Laurel Municipal Court where his bond was set at $250,000.

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