With 1 shot, 2 brothers were lost says neighbor

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

RUSK COUNTY (KLTV) - It was a gruesome discovery Saturday morning for Jeremy Raner's step-father. He found the 19-year-old in a field off of County Road 364.

The day after the discovery of Raner's body came the most shocking revelation - the confession of his killer, who turned out to be his older brother.

22-year-old Justin Gregory Raner was emotionless and stoic as he was arraigned on first degree murder charges, offering no explanation as to why. Judge Bob Richardson said Raner coldly admitted details of the shooting.

"[He] shot his 19-year-old brother multiple times," said Richardson, "then tried to hide the body."

Neighbors who knew the Raner boys couldn't make any sense of it.

"When they found him, it was a shock to find him," said Russell Dunn, a neighbor. "Then to find out his brother did it. The boy I met, and I met a couple of times, he seemed like he was alright. I feel for the family and I pray for the family."

Judge Richardson said Justin showed investigators just how he did it.

"[He] took them to where they found the weapon and some extra bullets," said Richardson.

Whatever bond was broken between the two brothers, only Justin and Jeremy may ever know.

"You lose both boys in one shot," said Dunn.

Raner is being held on a $1,000,000 bond at the Rusk County jail. He was coincidentally an employee of the Texas Department of Corrections in Rusk County. So far, Raner has not given a motive for the shooting.

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