Man arrested after allegedly moving Macy Peebles’s body

BATON ROUGE — East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man accused of moving Macy Peebles, a woman whose body was found dumped and part of an active homicide investigation.

Authorities arrested 38-year-old Dameon Matthews and charged him with unlawful disposal of remains and obstruction of justice after he allegedly moved Macy Peebles’ remains after her death.

Macy Peebles

On Feb. 23 at 8:32 a.m., EBRSO deputies responded to 8838 GSRI Avenue about an unresponsive person. Deputies learned from fire department personnel that Peebles, 27, had died outside of a 4-plex apartment unit that was under construction.

Officials say homicide detectives noted that the woman’s body was inside a fenced-in walkway of the property. She was laying on her back with both arms and legs outstretched.

Arrest documents say there are indications that Peebles’ remains had been faced down for some time after her death, which was not the position she was found. The positioning of the body and the condition of her clothes suggested her body had been dragged to the location, according to detectives.

EBRSO officials say homicide detectives located video-surveillance footage from a nearby residence that captured the area where the victim’s remains were located.

Upon reviewing the footage, detectives noted that at 7:30 a.m. Peebles’ body was not at the crime scene. The next available footage at 8:51 a.m., showed the initial responding deputies already on the scene, as part of the investigation.

Arrest documents say homicide detectives also learned of an EBRSO crime camera located near the crime scene. After reviewing that footage, detectives noticed a silver Chevrolet Malibu pulling into the parking lot of the 4-plex where Peebles was found at 7:47 a.m.

The Malibu exited the parking lot briefly, then backed into the parking lot, the cameras show. The vehicle backed out of the camera view, in the exact direction of where Peebles’ body was located.

At 8:02 a.m., the car exited the parking lot, in the direction of Gardere Lane. No other vehicles entered or exited the parking lot between that time and the time the victim’s body was discovered, according to officials.

Homicide detectives learned that between the time the victim’s remains were discarded and the time that the initial deputies were securing the crime scene, the Malibu was captured on multiple cameras driving through the Gardere Ln. area.

The vehicle also stopped at the crime scene and Matthews spoke with a deputy maintaining the perimeter, inquiring about the investigation, detectives say.

Arrest documents revealed that detectives received information that Peebles had been at a local casino and was possibly seen leaving with an unknown male. Detectives obtained video surveillance footage from the casino and confirmed that Matthews and Peebles left the casino together at approximately 2:34 a.m.

The casino surveillance footage showed Matthews and Peebles leave the casino property in the silver Malibu. Detectives say Matthews was wearing the same clothing on the video-surveillance footage that he was wearing when he was taken into custody.

Matthews was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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