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Third suspect in death of Longview man arrested

By Richard Yeakley
Dec. 25, 2012 at 11 p.m.

A third suspect was arrested Tuesday and charged in the slaying of Ronnie Joe Gammage, whose beaten and burned body was found Dec. 19 in Upshur County.

Andrew Conrad Norwine, 21, was arrested by Vernon Parish, La., sheriff's deputies about 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Vernon Parish Jail official.

Norwine was arrested on an outstanding Upshur County warrant charging him with capital murder. He was held at the jail in Leesville, La., under a $1 million bond.

A jail official indicated Norwine would be extradited to a Texas facility.

Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian confirmed Norwine was the third suspect in the death of Gammage - a case now considered closed by the Longview Police Department.

Two other suspects were arrested Dec. 19 and charged with aggravated kidnapping and capital murder in the slaying.

According to probable cause arrest affidavits for Sarah Haslam, 20, and Daniel Jones, 19, both of Longview, the suspects slashed a tire on Gammage's truck, then tricked him into taking a ride in Haslam's car.

The suspects beat and killed Gammage before burning and attempting to hide his body in rural Upshur County, according to arrest affidavits.

Gammage, 27, was reported missing Dec. 8 by his mother, who had not heard from her son in four days. After a two-week search, his body was found after authorities released to the News-Journal and other media a bank security video that led to identification of the suspects.

The charges of capital murder fall under Upshur County jurisdiction, while the charges of aggravated kidnapping will be dealt with in Gregg County. It remained unclear where trials might be conducted.



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