ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Three suspects are behind bars for capital murder in connection to the death of an Abilene man whose body was found on road in Jones County in August of 2016.
Euella Cooper, 38, Michael Pine, 37, and Olyvia Jackson, 25, were arrested Monday on Capital Murder warrants issued for the death of Ronald “Ronnie” Varner.
Varner was found deceased on CR 347 in Hawley on August 2, 2016. Court documents say he was shot at least five times.
After Varner’s body was identified, detectives contacted a relative who said Varner had been house-sitting at a home on the 1500 block of Sycamore Street. The documents say this relative told police Varner called her on August 1, 2016 and stated he had been tied up and beaten but would be let go. He never came home and his relative was unable to find him.
A witness also spoke with detectives and told them she was at the Sycamore Street house a few days before the murder when she saw Varner fighting with a third party, according to the documents, which say this witness also said Pine was at her house the night before Varner was found deceased looking for ammunition.
The documents say a second witness, who claimed he was involved in the death, reported seeing Varner tied up and naked on the floor of the Sycamore house and that Cooper told him that Varner had to be killed and that if they turned him loose, everyone would get arrested for kidnapping.
This second witness, who will not be identified until he’s formally arrested, says he shot and killed Varner on the side of the road while Jackson was present. Jackson also admitted to firing a shot, according to the documents.
Pine was arrested in 2016 when he allegedly took a firearm to someone to be disposed of, according to the documents, which say that the person he took the gun to told police Pine “claimed to have killed Ronald Varner because Varner was an informer and was ‘building a case on Cooper'”.
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