Update: Third suspect in Gammage slaying booked in Upshur County
POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 2:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 7:46pm
Gilmer, Tx (KETK) — Betterton said his office picked up Andrew Conrad Norwine, 21, from the Vernon Parish Jail in Louisiana this morning and brought him back to Upshur County.
Norwine was arrested Christmas Day by Vernon Parish sheriff’s deputies 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. He subsequently signed a waiver of extradition.
Two other suspects were arrested Dec. 19 and charged with aggravated kidnapping and capital murder in the slaying. They were arraigned Dec. 28, and each remain held in the Upshur County Jail on $1.3 million bonds.
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.
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.
Two of the three suspects accused of killing a Longview man in early December appeared before an Upshur County judge Friday morning.
Sarah Haslam, 20, Daniel Jones, 19, are charged with killing Ronnie Joe Gammage, 27, of Longview, who disappeared on December 4. The two suspects appeared before Judge Lauren Parish in the 115th District Court at 11:30 a.m. The third alleged murderer Andrew Conrad Norwine, 21, will be transferred to Upshur County in about 10 days.
A missing person report was filed on December 8, the same day Gammage's truck was found in a Waffle House parking lot with slashed tires.
After the pickup was found, Longview police released surveillance video of a group of people trying to cash a check from Gammage's account. Tips from the public helped identify two of the people in the car as Haslam and Jones.
On Wednesday, December 19, Jones and Haslam led authorities to Gammage's body in Upshur County.
The Longview News-Journal reports Andrew Norwine, 21, a U.S. Army private assigned to Fort Polk in Leesville, La., signed a waiver of extradition from the Vernon Parish Jail on Thursday allowing his transfer to Gilmer.
Norwine's bond was set at $1 million on a capital murder charge. Haslam and Jones were each held on $1.3 million bond. They are charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Haslam and Jones were transferred from the Gregg County Jail to the Upshur County Jail Thursday.
According to probable cause affidavits for the arrest of Haslam and Jones, Gammage, who was mentally disabled, was lured by the trio into a vehicle Dec. 5 and driven to a construction site in Gregg County, where he was beaten.
After the attack, Gammage was loaded into a vehicle and driven to rural Upshur County where he was killed and his body burned, according to police records.
Prosecuters will seek the death penalty.