Third murder suspect returned to county
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jan 10, 2013 | 2287 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A state district judge set bond at $1 million here Friday for one of three persons charged with capital murder of a Longview man.

Andrew Conrad Norwine, 21, of Arlington, was arraigned by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish one week after she set the same bond for the other suspects, 19-year-old Daniel Paul Jones and 20-year-old Sarah Haslam, both of Longview.

They are charged with the Dec. 5 slaying of 27-year-old Ronnie Joe Gammage, whose burned body was found Dec. 19 in a rural Upshur County pasture. In addition, Jones and Ms. Haslam are charged with aggravated kidnapping of Gammage in Gregg County.

All three suspects remained in Upshur County Jail at Gilmer on Tuesday—Jones and Ms. Haslam under bonds totalling $1.3 million each, including $300,000 each on the aggravated kidnapping charge, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Norwine, whose arraignment Friday took only four minutes, had not been charged with kidnapping as of Tuesday, Byrd said.

Byrd also told The Mirror Tuesday the investigation is ongoing and that he could not comment on whether any further arrests are expected.

Norwine was transferred to Gilmer on Friday from Vernon Parish, La., after Ft. Polk, La., military police arrested him at that base Dec. 24 shortly before midnight, said Byrd.

Norwine, who has been in the process of being dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army, was absent without leave when Gammage was murdered, Byrd has said.

Gammage was abducted Dec. 5, and Longview police arrested Jones and Ms. Haslam on the aggravated kidnapping charges Dec. 19, the day Gammage’s body was found in a pasture on Martin Road near Diana and not far from the Gregg County line, the district attorney said. The two suspects were charged with capital murder Dec. 20, he said.

Byrd said Friday he could not discuss how Gammage was killed nor the motive for it.

The body was sent to the Southwestern Institute for Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsy, and Byrd said he could not comment on whether he has received the results.

The district attorney also said Friday it was “too early to say” whether he will seek the death penalty as the investigation is ongoing, but he said the defendants would be tried separately.

Capital murder in Texas is punishable only by death by lethal injection, or life imprisonment without parole.

The bespectacled, rail-thin Norwine appeared in court Friday shackled and clad in an orange jail-issue jumpsuit. He was accompanied by his attorney, Quitman/Dallas lawyer Doug Parks, who declined comment afterward on the case except to confirm that he has experience in death penalty cases.
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