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Mar 4, 2010 8:06 AM

Deputies arrest trio in Greensburg beating death

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) St. Helena Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested three men in connection with the slaying of a Greensburg man, who was found in a ditch Tuesday morning.

Criminal Chief Deputy Joe Chaney said Wednesday that a passing truck driver spotted the body of 41-year-old Roy Lee Patterson lying in a ditch in the Pine Grove area.

Chaney said deputies suspect Patterson had asked his neighbors for a ride to the store, and they allegedly beat him to death on the way back. He said deputies don't know if it was a robbery or a dispute over how much Patterson owed for the ride.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Ledale Dunn, 23-year-old Peter Lee and a 17-year-old. All three were booked with second-degree murder.

Chaney said the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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