Victim found in burned mobile home was shot to death

Released by Rusk County Sheriff's Office:

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On December 26, just before 11:30 a.m., Investigators with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office were contacted by Southwest Forensics in reference to the autopsy of victim Larry Glen Hale, 54.

Hale was identified as the victim discovered in the burned residence located at 11320 Rusk County Road 2142A on December 24.

Investigators learned from Southwest Forensics that the victim had died as a result of a gunshot wound and not as a result of the fire. Investigators who were still actively pursuing leads in the case developed probable cause to obtain a arrest warrant for a suspect.

The warrant which was sign by Rusk County District Judge Clay Gossett was served on the suspect just after 12:30, Monday morning, at a residence in Easton, Texas. The suspect is currently incarcerated in the Rusk County Jail awaiting to be arraigned for murder.

Rusk County Sheriff Danny Pirtle would like to thank the Tatum and Elderville fire departments as well as Rusk County Judges Bonnie Miller and Clay Gossett as well as District Attorney Michael Jimmerson who all assisted in bringing this case to its conclusion.

Rusk County investigators worked this case continuously through the Christmas holiday to its conclusion. Sheriff Pirtle would like the citizens of Rusk County to know that the dedicated employee's of the sheriff's office are at work so that they can enjoy a safe holiday season.