St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office books Indiana man wanted on first-degree murder charges

Donovan Harris

An Indiana man listed as a fugitive wanted for first-degree murder was arrested for criminal damage to property for spray painting the floor of a Chalmette business, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Donovan Harris, 27, of a town called East Chicago in Indiana, was booked Jan. 13 after a store employee witnessed Harris spraying the floor of the paint department with various colors of spray paint.

Jeffery Taylor, 42, of the 4000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Orleans, and John Watler, 20, of the 2000 block of North Prieur Street in New Orleans, were seen spray painting the floor with Harris and also both were booked with criminal damage to property.   

During the course of the investigation, Sheriff Pohlmann said, a criminal history check was conducted on the three suspects and it was learned Harris had a warrant for his arrest for first-degree murder out of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana.

Harris was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked accordingly and is awaiting extradition to Indiana.