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|Grand jury indicts two in homicide---autopsy results show fall killed Ferrington|
Edward White and Rashad Bingham will stand trial for second-degree murder and simple robbery later this year for the killing of a Winnsboro man in September.
White and Bingham stand accused of killing Ricky Ferrington, 46, of Winnsboro in what law enforcement officials termed "a robbery gone bad."
A grand jury handed down the two-count indictment on Tuesday. If convicted on the charges, White and Bingham will spend the rest of their lives behind bars without the possibility of parole.
An unnamed, 14 year-old juvenile arrested in connection with the case will face similar charges in juvenile court.
Prior to the Tuesday grand jury indictments, the three were being held without bond on 1st degree murder charges.
Bond was set Tuesday at $525,000 each. All three remained jailed in lieu of bond.
Ferrington was killed in an early-morning robbery Sept. 6, near the intersection of Robinson Circle and 8th Street in Winnsboro.
According to investigators, Ferrington was walking home from a local bar when he stopped to ask to use a phone.
Franklin Parish chief deputy Kevin Cobb said the men then apparently decided to follow and rob Ferrington.
An autopsy revealed Ferrington died from blunt-force trauma sustained when he hit his head on the pavement, according to assistant district attorney Johnny Boothe.
"It was consistent with him falling down and striking the back of his head on the concrete driveway," Boothe said.
Boothe said the autopsy showed some injuries Ferrington sustained previously in an automobile accident several weeks prior, but no other injuries during the robbery.
"I'm really not sure there was anything else related to the attack," Boothe said.
Boothe reinforced previous law enforcement assessments that the murder seemed to be a robbery that got out of hand.
"He apparently had stopped and asked to use the telephone and just stopped at the wrong house," Boothe said. "When he left, the three followed him."
The nature of death was "consistent with a 2nd degree murder charge," Boothe said.
Boothe said drugs were not a factor in the crime.
Winnsboro police chief Lester Thomas said officers and sheriff's deputies "worked quickly" to make the arrests.
"Both agencies worked together well," Thomas said. "As a result, it led to a speedy arrest."
Thomas said Ferrington did not know the accused.
"At this time, there is no indication the victim knew these men," Thomas said.
Of the three men charged with Ferrington's murder, only White had a criminal record, according to the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office.
White's record stretches back to April 2006, when he was arrested for disturbing the peace.
White was arrested again in March of 2007 and charged with simple burglary. In September 2007, he was arrested again on charges of disturbing the peace, resisting an officer and simple battery.
In early 2008, White was booked on a failure to appear in court charge.