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Man shot in head
Shooting occurs in Lacey’s Spring

By Chris Paschenko
chris@decaturdaily.com · 340-2442

LACEY’S SPRING — Morgan County investigators are searching for a motive after a man was shot in the head Sunday and flying debris apparently injured a teenager.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Corley said deputies received a call from Pine Hill Circle at 5:23 p.m., informing them that the man had been shot and the suspect was present.

The victim was brought to medical crews who were staged nearby, waiting on deputies to secure the scene, Corley said.

“Billy Christopher Newman, 33, of 139 Pine Hill Circle was shot in the head with a .45-caliber handgun while in the street outside his house,” Corley said.

“He was flown to Huntsville Hospital. I don’t know his condition, but there was quite a bit of blood loss and an entry and exit wound.”

Newman’s condition wasn’t known late Sunday. A hospital spokeswoman said he was being treated in an emergency trauma room.

Corley said two deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle as they arrived at 5:34. They detained the man, a woman and two boys in separate patrol cars while investigators worked.

Corley named Jason Ledbetter as a person of interest in the shooting. He said a boy, 13, was initially thought to have suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

“What we’ve got now is that there could have been one to three shots fired,” Corley said. “A juvenile has a very minor injury. It may have been debris from the gunshot that struck his leg.”

Corley didn’t release the injured boy’s name, but said he was Newman’s stepson. Corley said he didn’t know how Newman and Ledbetter were acquainted.

Corley said he was still investigating the reason for the violence. Investigators were questioning Ledbetter and had not charged him late Sunday.

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