Suspect arrested in decades old cold case in murder of Leola Jordan

Published 10:14 pm Sunday, May 9, 2021

A man has been formally charged with the murder of Leola Jordan, a cold case the Picayune Police Department has been working on for more than 20 years.

Capt. Rhonda Johnson said she opened the case back up in October of last year, reviewing past interviews with witnesses at the time combined with sending off old DNA evidence out to more modern testing facilities in March of this year.

Access to faster testing facilities was due to a collaboration with the television show Cold Justice on the Oxygen network.

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That DNA evidence combined with the previous witness statements led to the arrest of 47-year-old Sergio A. Williams of 111 Iris St., Picayune on Sunday at about 5 p.m. He was arrested on a warrant for the murder of Leola Jordan, who was 91 at the time of her death in June of 1998.

Johnson said that Williams is the grandson of Jordan.

This investigation was part of an ongoing investigation. For more click here.