Madison County sheriff's investigators said late Friday afternoon the arrest of a local sex offender in Louisiana is not key to their investigation of the recent murder of a local businessman.
MSCO investigator Chad Brooks confirmed to HNW the recent arrest of Bobby Joe Byrd in Baton Rouge but stressed the arrest was for nothing more than Byrd's failure to register as a sex offender in Madison County.
"(Byrd is) one of a list of people we want to talk to," said Brooks, who acknowledged the killing of Mark Wenger was one of their highest priority cases. Wenger was found shot dead inside his home on July 12. No arrests have been made.
Brooks added the department is still working the case and is "actively seeking leads" from the community.
Byrd is still in the custody of Baton Rouge police, said Brooks, and extradition proceedings have not begun.
An officer at the East Baton Rouge Parrish Jail confirmed Byrd was still at their facility Friday evening.