A Kountze man has been arrested on murder charges in the death of a Beaumont woman in Rose City. The body of Adell Ardoin, 26, of Beaumont, was discovered June 5 at the Rose City Sand Pit in a canal about two miles from Interstate 10.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Hogan, the Criminal Investigations Division has obtained a statement from William Baker Bibb, 35, of Kountze.

While Bibb is white and Ardoin, black, Hogan said there is no evidence to indicate a hate crime.

Ardoin was pronounced dead by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Janice Menard. Bibb gave a statement to investigators after receiving medical treatment.

“According to the suspect, he picked up the female on Magnolia Avenue in Beaumont and the two of them drove to the Rose City Sand Pit,” Hogan said. “He said he was familiar with the location as he once worked there. Once at the location the two of them got into an argument and a fight ensued. He killed the female at the location and admits to attaching a rope to her body and dragging her from the scene to the canal to dump her body.”

Bond has been set at $1 million. Assisting Orange County detectives are authorities with the Orange, Pinehurst and Vidor police departments and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.