Bossier City Man Indicted on a Murder Charge Following an Argument Over a Watermelon A Bossier City man has been indicted on a murder charge stemming from an argument over a watermelon in July.

The gunfire broke out just after 3 p.m. Police officers arrived on the scene and found a man who suffered a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Cash N A Flash in Bossier City. The fatal shooting happened after Matthews and Williams argued about a watermelon. Williams purchased a watermelon from Matthews and when he got home discovered it was a bad melon. Williams returned the watermelon to Matthews. The two argued and as Williams went to his vehicle, Matthews is accused of shooting Williams. Matthews is the son of the pawn shop owner.


A Bossier Parish grand jury indicted Colton Matthews, 24, on a charge of second degree murder of Joseph Williams Jr., 65, of Bossier City. An indictment is a formal document, filed at the conclusion of a grand jury investigation, accusing someone suspected of committing a crime. In July, officers with the Bossier City Police Department were dispatched to the parking lot of a Bossier City pawn shop for an unresponsive male with a gunshot wound to the head.

The victim was shot after an alleged argument over a watermelon, authorities said. Matthews is set to be arraigned on Dec. 7, 2020, at the Bossier Parish Courthouse.

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