On March 3, Marl Wayne Smith was murdered in a shooting at his bar.
The same guy who reportedly shot Smith took all of the money from the ATM in the tavern.
According to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, “speeds surpassing 120 miles per hour” were involved in the inquiry.
David Rester, Jr., 51, of Vidalia, Georgia, was apprehended at the end of the investigation.
On March 4, Rester Jr. robbed a bank in Waveland and then led law enforcement into Harrison County and onto Interstate 10, according to the WPSO.
In Harrison County, Mississippi, Rester, Jr. was taken into custody.
Rester, Jr.’s capture had been reported to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Rester, Jr. was interviewed by an investigator from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the suspect acknowledged killing and stealing Marl Wayne Smith on March 3; he was taken into custody on March 4.
Evidence gathered during Rester’s arrest “connected him to the homicide in Washington Parish,” according to the WPSO.
Last month, Rester, Jr. was linked to a robbery and sexual assault in Pearl River, Mississippi.
Rester, Jr. has been arrested in Harrison, Washington, and St. Tammany Counties and is expected to stand trial soon.
The 51-year-old man will be charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in Washington Parish.
In St. Tammany Parish, according to the WPSO, charges will be brought against the suspects.
The following agencies were involved in this investigation:
- The Sheriff’s Office of Washington Parish
- Sheriff’s Office of St. Tammany Parish
- It’s the Waveland PD
- The Sheriff’s Office of Hancock County
- The Sheriff’s Office of Harrison County
- Police in Pearl River, Mississippi
- Laboratory of the Louisiana State Police
As Sheriff Randy Seal explained, “We are charging Rester with first-degree murder and will seek the death penalty upon conviction.” “The circumstances of the murder warrant a first-degree murder charge, and Rester has earned his place in the electric chair. No one will be reunited with Marl Wayne Smith after his imprisonment and death, but it will put an end to a senseless and atrocious cold-blooded murder. “