Arrest made in West Feliciana Aug. 2021 murder

The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Brian Spillman said deputies made an arrest in the murder of Richard Craig Martin, a resident of West Feliciana who was found dead near his residence on August 14, 2021. An autopsy concluded the cause of death as a homicide.

John Anthony Janik, 55, of 11755 Newsome Drive, Baton Rouge was arrested today by East Baton Rouge authorities on a warrant from West Feliciana Parish. Janik will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as a fugitive from West Feliciana and then transported to West Feliciana to face the charge of Second-Degree Murder.

“I can’t say enough about our investigators and the job they did solving this case” said Sheriff Brian Spillman. “Their tenacity and diligence, along with expert assistance from the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police, was instrumental in bringing closure to the victim’s family.”

A bond has not been set at this time.

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