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Charles F. Kennell III, 21, of New Orleans was charged with second degree murder of Quintail D. Credit of Winnsboro and is being held on a $350,000 bond and probation hold at Richland Parish Detention Center.

Credit was shot and killed near the intersection of School and Wood streets outside a family member’s home Feb. 20. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said it was unclear if the two knew each other.

Credit, who was known as “Duck,” is the step-son of Winnsboro Police Chief Will Pierce. He was 27 years old and a father of four.

“This crime was a senseless murder that occurred in daylight hours in a community with numerous residents in the area,” Cobb said. “My greatest sympathy goes out to the family of the victim and the community.”

Along with the second degree murder charge, Kennell is charged with illegally carrying and discharging of a weapon, illegally carrying of weapons, possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies in relation to the Feb. 20 incident.

Kennell shot Credit multiple times near the intersection at approximately 12:40 p.m. The incident occurred just a block from Horace G. White Learning Center in Winnsboro. Horace G. White and other parish schools were put on a precautionary lock down for two hours due to the incident.

According to witnesses near the scene, Kennell fled on foot after he shot Credit. Franklin Parish deputies and area law enforcement found the suspect in a home near the intersection of Willow and Florida streets. Kennell was arrested without incident at approximately 2 p.m.

Kennell has an extensive criminal history list with 18 offenses since 2015. Charges include armed robbery, multiple weapon charges and domestic battery.

Kennell’s previous criminal history is:

·        July 22, 2015 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things

·        July 22, 2015 Resisting an Officer

·        July 22, 2015 Disturbing the Peace

·        Sept. 16, 2015 Armed Robbery with a Firearm

·        Sept. 16, 2015 Illegal Carrying of Weapons

·        Sept. 26, 2015 Armed Robbery

·        Sept. 26, 2015 Armed Robbery

·        Sept. 26, 2015 Simple Robbery

·        Jan. 27, 2018 Domestic Abuse Battery

·        Jan. 27, 2018 Municipal Charge Criminal Damage to Property

·        May 6, 2018 Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm

·        May 6, 2018 Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Second Offense

·        May 6, 2018 Possession of a Firearm or Weapon by a Convicted Felon

·        May 6, 2018 Illegal Carrying of Weapon / Use of Weapon During a Violent Crime or CDS Charge

·        May 6, 2018 Manufactoring / Distribution / Possession of Schedule I Narcotics – Possession of Marijuana

·        May 6, 2018 Prohibited Acts Related to Schedule IV Narcotics

·        May 6, 2018 Resisting an Officer

·        May 6, 2018 Parole Violation

Additional arrests and charges may occur as the investigation continues, Cobb said.

Funeral services for Credit will be held March 2, 1 p.m. at River of Life Church in Winnsboro with burial following at Cuba Cemetery in Gilbert.

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