Man Charged With Chicago Murder After Applying To Be New Orleans Cop

Justin Payne was told by police to come in about job he applied for but when he arrived was arrested for murder

Justin Payne thought he was in the process of being hired as a New Orleans police officer. Instead, the 26-year-old man is expected to face murder charges in Chicago where he is a suspect in the death of his former boss in 2016.

Payne applied for a job with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in October 2017, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Payne had passed the Civil Service exam and an initial criminal records check.

Chicago Police had not issued a warrant for his arrest at the time he applied to join NOPD, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

Then the NOPD recruiting investigator started checking with Payne’s previous employers he'd listed on the application, the New Orleans Advocate stated.

NOPD spokesman Beau Tidwell said the police sent a reference request to his former employer.

Payne’s name was familiar to that employer, who called the Chicago Police Department (CPD). CPD then called NOPD to inform them that Payne was a homicide suspect.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Payne worked in Chicago for Luis Pena, 64. On Dec. 30, 2016, Pena was found dead in the office trailer of his firm.

An autopsy showed Pena died from multiple blunt-force and sharp-force injuries. No arrests were made.

Once NOPD discovered that their applicant was a murder suspect, they asked Payne to come to their headquarters as part of the job application.

When Payne showed up Jan. 17, CPD officers were waiting for him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

NOPD spokesman Tidwell said that Payne confessed to the killing. Cook County issued an arrest warrant for first-degree murder Jan. 18, court records show.

CPD confirmed the arrest but wouldn’t release additional details until Payne was returned to Chicago.

Payne was jailed without bond in New Orleans. He has an extradition hearing Jan. 22.

Comments (3)
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Uh duh 🙄 that dude has got l some big balls uh duh 🙄


Big balls,small brain. His only fuck up was listing his last job and his murdered boss as his reference.He almost got the job.


knock knock puddin head..........