Suspects in Longview man’s murder have varied backgrounds

Longview News-Journal
Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:40pm

The three people charged with capital murder in the slaying of Ronnie Joe Gammage came from varied backgrounds.

One is a soldier from Arlington who was stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Two were lifelong Longview residents who attended private Christian schools.

The three are charged in connection with an unusually violent crime — luring a mentally disabled man into the woods, beating him, slitting his throat and setting his body on fire.

The third suspect — Andrew Conrad Norwine, 21 — was arrested about 1 a.m. Tuesday by military police at Fort Polk, about 10 miles east of Leesville, La.

He was handed over to Vernon Parish sheriff’s deputies and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

Norwine, a private first class, enlisted for active duty in the U.S. Army in June 2011 as an infantryman and was assigned to Fort Polk in January, said Mark Edwards, media relations chief for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

“Our records indicate he is still assigned there,” Edwards said. “I have no record of any deployments or any awards he has earned.”

Officials at Fort Polk were not available for comment.

Norwine was born in Tarrant County, according to state records. He is from Arlington, where he attended Martin High School — a public school in the Arlington Independent School District.

The two capital murder suspects from Longview, Sarah Haslam, 20, and Daniel Paul Jones, 19, both have private school backgrounds.

Haslam attended St. Mary’s Catholic School before attending Longview Christian School, and Jones participated in athletics at Christian Heritage School of Longview.

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