Marshall County investigators search for murder weapon - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Marshall County investigators search for murder weapon

Deep in Marshall County, just of Deer Creek Road, sheriff's deputies unrolled more crime scene tape Thursday after receiving a tip that sent them to the location.

Investigators were searching for the murder weapon in the case of a badly burned body found Saturday in a car there.

Deputies said two suspects robbed the victim, Joe Beale, shot him and left him in the car.  The suspected then allegedly doused Beale with gasoline and set him on fire.

Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said investigators believed Beale was shot with an SK-47.  Thursday, they searched the area where the thought the rifle was dumped.

"What we're doing now is making every effort that's humanly possible to find the weapon that we believe to be the murder weapon," Dickerson said.

Police have arrested and charged two men with capitol murder in the case.  Dickerson said a third person could be charged in connection to the murder, possibly as an accomplice.

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