A warrant for a third suspect in connection with the murder of Ronnie Gammage has been issued out of Upshur County, according to Upshur County DA, Billy Byrd. Longview Police are also seeking the suspect.
Two other suspects, Sarah Haslam, 20, and 19-year-old Daniel Paul Jones were arrested and charged with capital murder. They are being held on $1.3 million bond each.
Ronnie Joe Gammage, 27, went missing on December 4. His body was recovered sometime Wednesday in Upshur County.
According to Sarah Haslam's probable cause report, Gammage was paying one of the suspects to return property stolen from him by other parties. After being unable to cash the check, Haslam and the other suspect located Gammage at the Waffle House in Longview. During an argument, one of Gammage's truck tires was cut.
One of the suspects then lured Gammage into Haslam's car and Haslam drove Gammage, Jones and a third unidentified suspect to a construction site on Tryon Road half a mile north of Loop 281.
At this site, Gammage was beaten by the three suspects, including Haslam and Jones. Fearing they would be seen by passing motorists, they drove to a wooded area off of 259 North. Haslam said Gammage was removed from the car and waked into an open field. He was made to sit on the ground and was beaten again. Haslam then claims she returned to the car, leaving Gammage in the hands of the other two suspects. The two suspects then moved Gammage into the edge of the wooded area.
According to Jones' probable cause report, Jones then took out a knife and cut Gammage's throat, which he believe killed him. Then Jones said he poured gasoline on the body and set it on fire.
Both Haslam and Jones took authorities to find Gammage's body.
Tuesday, officials released surveillance video from Gilmer National Bank, where four individuals in a car tried to cash a check from Gammage's account just 20 minutes after he had visited the same branch. The bank teller turned them away because they did not have proper identification. The teller recognized Gammage's name on the check from the news, so she called police. The $400 check was reportedly written to someone inside the car.
Sunday, May 19 2013 12:59 AM EDT2013-05-19 04:59:50 GMT
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