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Family seeks help to pay funeral costs

By Hannah DeClerk Marshall News Messenger
March 3, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.

Family members of Charles Ledbetter Jr., the man found stabbed to death in a ditch Tuesday, are seeking donations for his burial.

Marshall police officers and emergency medical services were dispatched to to the intersection of I-20 and U.S. 59 about 7 a.m. after a passerby saw a man, later identified as Ledbetter, 33, lying on the side of the road, said Marshall police spokeswoman Sonya Johnson.

Ledbetter had "several" stab wounds and was later pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Westy Meisenheimer.

David Wayne Brown, 54, was arrested Tuesday after Marshall Police Department investigators determined he was tied to the death of Ledbetter.

Brown remains jailed in Harrison County Jail, charged with murder, with a bond set at $250,000.

Ledbetter's step-mother, Margaret Ledbetter, and father, Charles Ledbetter, have set up a tragedy fund at Citizen National Bank in Jefferson for those interested in helping defray funeral costs.

Ms. Ledbetter said she and her family are still in shock, and were unaware of why Ledbetter Jr. was murdered.

"It is a tragedy, and we are caught in a place right now, and are worried about getting our son buried," said Ms. Ledbetter.

For more information on helping the family, call Citizens National Bank in Jefferson at (903) 665-3995.



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