78-Year-Old Louisiana Man Who Was Once Detained in the 1977 Chicken Restaurant Murder of Wife Has Been Charged Decades Later

A man was detained last week in the 1977 murder of his wife, state police in Louisiana. Chester Vegas Sr., 78, has been taken into custody on Friday, June 11 in the death of Diane Vegas, 32.
“We hope this arrest can start to bring some close to the Vegas family who have been living with questions regarding Diane’s passing for nearly 44 decades,” said Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. “New data together with the initial investigation helped us build probable cause for the arrest.”
Diane Vegas was discovered shot and killed at the now-defunct restaurant The Chicken House on October 10, 1977. Police at the time said the sufferer, an employee, was discovered dead by her husband. The telephone was off the hook from the kitchen where Diane Vegas was discovered, according to police in a report by The Lafourche Gazette. Police determined that someone had gone through the cash register, however, police couldn’t figure out how much cash was obtained. The restaurant operator, then-34-year-old Chester Vegas, has been held at the time but subsequently published. Now, over four decades later, police are stating publicly that he is the killer that shot Diane in the back.
“Chester Vegas has been considered a suspect until the initial investigation went cold,” deputies said in a media statement Saturday. “In October 2020, detective re-opened the situation and obtained new information that led to creating probable cause for Chester Vegas’ arrest. Detectives obtained the warrant on June 11, 2021.”
Chester Vegas submitted a $50,000 bail last Friday from Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex to a count of second-degree murder. It is uncertain if he has an attorney in this issue.
[Image via Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office]
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