Lafayette grand jury indicts man in 2015 murder

Traven Solomon (Photo: LPCC)

(The Daily Advertiser) A Lafayette grand jury on Wednesday indicted the man police say shot and killed Damien Anthony Champ in 2015.

Traven Solomon, 22, was arrested by police in February after they executed a warrant at his home on Martin Luther King Drive in Lafayette. Champ’s murder was one of two closed after Lafayette Police Chief Reginald Thomas formed a task force to close open murder cases.

Thomas said in February Solomon was charged with the second-degree murder of Champ as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and monetary instrument abuse. He was only indicted on the second-degree murder charge and is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a $210,000 bond.

Champ was found unresponsive on Bossier Street in Lafayette June 30. The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office said he died from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. A Louisville, Texas, resident, Champ had been charged with possession of MDMA in May 2015, according to court records. He was released from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center the day before his death.

When police entered Solomon’s home in February, they discovered a.40-caliber handgun under his mattress, as well as scans of $20 bills which they believe to be an attempt to produce counterfeit bills.

In May 2013, Solomon pleaded guilty to theft, which was amended from an armed robbery charge after he allegedly robbed a Lafayette man with a revolver. Solomon was sentenced to a year in prison.

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