The DeRidder Police Department (DPD) has arrested Phil Oliver, of Marrero, for the Second Degree Murder of Marquita Wright.
Oliver was arrested at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Martha O’Neal.
He was taken into custody in Jefferson Parish by officers of the Louisiana State Police.
According to the DPD, Oliver is a former boyfriend of Wright. His arrest was a result of a combined investigation between the DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Task Force.
Oliver will be booked into the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail with no bond and will be transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail later.
Wright was found dead on her front porch last week after authorities received calls about gunshots coming from her home. Her three young children were inside the home as the incident occured.
After her death was ruled a homicide, a reward was put out by authorities for information leading to an arrest.
According to state law, if Oliver is convicted he could receive life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
While authorities have been working diligently to provide answers to this crime, the community has come out in full force to provide support for Wright’s family.
Jeanne Irvine of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office (BPSO) created an online fundraiser through her personal Facebook account that has spread throughout the viral community.
The fundraiser has a $10,000 goal. As of this writing over $5,700 has been raised.
The money is intended to help support Wright’s family and provide financial assistance to her children. All proceeds will be given to Wright’s family.
The generosity of the community continues to show through the actions of those offering to help. The BPSO has been selling raffle tickets to help Wright’s family.
The prize being raffled off is a pair of tickets to a New Orleans Saints game. The prize was donated to the BPSO by the ticket holder who chose to remain anonymous.
Numerous tickets have been sold and a winner will be announced today.
Magen Quave of the BPSO helped with the raffle and expressed that helping Wright’s family will help heal her colleagues at the BPSO as well.
“I cannot imagine what they (Wright’s family) are experiencing. Her family is having to transition to a way of life very different from what they’re used to. We want to help as a department in that transition and it means a lot to us how generous the community has been in helping us, help her family. Marquita was a special person.” Quave said.
Several fundraisers have sprung up online and through the community in honor of Wright.
On social media platforms, community members have started using the hashtag #Justice4Marquita in a sign of solidarity.
Wright was a member DeRidder High School’s class of 2012. Through the efforts of her classmates, Leija and Keisha Spikes, members of the DHS class of 2012 came together to donate a total of $1,100.02.
The class used some of that money to send two flower arrangements to Wright’s funeral and the rest was donated to her family.
To donate to the online fundraiser in support of Wright’s family visit Jeanne Irvine’s facebook page.
As of this writing, the investigation is ongoing and no other information is being released.
If anyone has any information related to the homicide, please call:
The DeRidder Police Department at (337) 462-8911
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Officer at (337) 463-3281
Crime Stoppers at (337) 462-8918