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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Golden Meadow man arrested for murder

Golden Meadow man arrested for murder

Cameron Sands, 25, of Golden Meadow has been arrested for the murder of 64-year-old Wayne Matherne of Galliano.

Sands was arrested Sunday after admitting to his involvement in the crime which occurred during the early morning hours of Friday, November 4.

At around 11:15 that morning, a meal-delivery worker arrived at Matherne’s residence and found him to be unresponsive.

Deputies and other emergency responders proceeded to the scene where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators discovered Matherne to have head trauma, including several lacerations on the top of his head.

Detectives began questioning neighbors and discovered Cameron Sands was a frequent visitor to Matherne’s residence. They also learned he was last at the residence early Friday morning.

Detectives also learned Sands had been admitted to the hospital later on Friday morning but were initially unable to speak to him due to his medical state. In the meantime, detectives obtained warrants to search the clothing Sands was wearing when he entered the hospital, and they discovered what appeared to be blood stains on his clothes.

At around 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, Sands was released from the hospital, and was transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station for questioning.

During questioning, Sands told detectives he arrived at Matherne’s residence during the early morning hours of Friday, November 4 and a verbal altercation ensued. Sands stated that, at one point, Matherne told Sands he was going to retrieve a gun from his bedroom.

Sands told detectives he became fearful and pushed Matherne back onto the sofa where he was sitting. Sands then admittedly struck Matherne in the head twice with his cane, causing Matherne to bleed.

Sands told detectives that when Matherne tried to get up again, he grabbed a wooden statue nearby and struck him in the head two more times. Sands said he tried to wipe the statue clean before leaving the residence.

He admittedly did not tell anyone about the incident, nor did he call 911 to get assistance for Matherne.

Following questioning, detectives obtained a warrant for Sands’ arrest. He was charged with Second Degree Murder and was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. His bond is set at $500,000.