Cleanup worker extradited to Texas

Published 5:57 pm Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says Texas authorities have picked up an oil spill cleanup worker wanted in a local slaying.

Byrd said that Lorenzo Sam was arrested Monday night on a barge south of Petit Bois Island. Byrd says Sam was picked up by Ford Bend County, Texas, deputies on Tuesday.

Fort Bend sheriff’s department spokeswoman Terriann Carlson says Sam is a suspect in the July 7 shooting death of Leesa Nascimento, a flower shop owner in Sugar Land, Texas.

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Officials with BP LLC and the cleanup subcontractor, Off Shore Staffing Services of Acadiana, who hired Sam in Lafayette, La., say they cooperated with authorities.