Bastrop man arrested in GSU shooting case

A Bastrop man has been returned from Texas to face charges in connection with a shooting on the Grambling State University campus during Homecoming festivities in October that left one man dead and another wounded.

Zyheim Butcher, 19, of Bastrop, LA, was picked up at the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Monday afternoon. He was booked on warrants for first degree murder and attempted first degree murder by Louisiana State Police detectives.

Bail has been set at $3 million.

Butcher is charged in October 17 shooting, the second of two on the GSU campus during Homecoming.

Three shootings occurred during GSU Homecoming week. Two of the shootings were on campus while a third occurred at a mobile home park between Grambling and Ruston. None of the alleged shooters had a connection to GSU and most of those injured were also non-students.

In January 2020, the Bastrop Police Department investigated a shooting that led to arrest warrants against Butcher for attempted second degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and resisting an officer. Butcher was one of three men charged in the shooting of a Bastrop man. The deposition of those charges were not available at press time.


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