Arrest Warrant Obtained in Murder of Mandeville Mom

Sheriff’s Office investigators have obtained a second degree murder warrant for Calvin Jefferson (106 Trace Loop, Mandeville – DOB: 3/8/71).  Jefferson is the ex-husband of Nicole Jefferson, the Mandeville area mother of four whose body was discovered in a wooded area along I-12 Sunday evening.

The warrant was signed by the Honorable William “Rusty” Knight, 22nd J.D.C.

Deputies are currently searching for Jefferson, who is believed to be in the Lake Charles area.

Detectives opened a missing persons investigation Tuesday evening after speaking with Nicole’s mother.  She reported her daughter had not been seen since Sunday night.  Investigators began suspecting foul play in this case Wednesday, after statements made by Jefferson contradicted information gathered from other sources in the investigation.

The search for Nicole Jefferson was focused to southwestern St. Tammany Parish Wednesday as a result of information gathered during the investigation.  Deputies searching along the side of the interstate on four-wheelers located Jefferson in the woods, several feet inside the tree line.

Last year, after Nicole and Calvin were divorced, she moved from Bedford, Texas to St. Tammany Parish to be close to her mother.  Sometime after that, she allowed Calvin to move into her Greenleaves home to help with raising their four children.  The couple had a turbulent past, with three domestic abuse battery arrests of Calvin Jefferson in several jurisdictions.

Anyone with information about Calvin Jefferson’s whereabouts is urged to call 911.