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|Robbery 'gone bad' leads to murder|
A Wisner man is dead and three others are behind bars for first-degree murder in an apparent dispute over $20.
The body of Ricky Ferrington, 46, of Winnsboro, was discovered by passers by in the early morning hours Sunday.
Edward White, 21, Rashad Bingham, 20, both of Winnsboro, were booked into the Franklin Correctional Center on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
An unnamed juvenile, 14, also was booked on those charges.
Winnsboro Chief of Police Lester Thomas said passers by called 911 about 1:00 a.m.
Sunday morning about a body lying in Robinson Circle near 8th Street.
When officers arrived, they found Ferrington dead.
As officers were conducting their initial investigation, Thomas said they received a Crimestoppers tip.
"That led to the arrests," Thomas said.
The Winnsboro Police Department was assisted in the investigation by Franklin Parish Sheriff's Deputies.
Franklin Parish chief deputy Kevin Cobb said the precise cause of death is unknown, pending autopsy results. However, the apparent cause was trauma to the head.
"It was a robbery gone bad," said Cobb.
According to investigators, Ferrington left a local bar sometime after midnight.
He asked the three suspects if he could use their phone and they later decided to follow and rob him, according to Cobb.
Cobb said Ferrington was intoxicated at the time of the murder.
Cobb noted signs of trauma to the victim's head as the probable cause of death.
"We won't know for sure until we get the autopsy back sometime next week," Cobb said.
Thomas said it was unknown if drugs played any part in the incident.
Ferrington had a known drug history.
He was arrested in September, 2008 on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and drug loitering.
Ferrington's rap sheet also included arrests for jumping bail, failure to appear, and failing to pay child support.
The three suspects were arrested and booked around 6 p.m. Sunday evening, according to Cobb.
Thomas said officers and deputies worked quickly to make the arrest.
"Both agencies worked together well," Thomas said. "As a result, it led to a speedy arrest."