January 24, 2018
RE: Murder arrests/Discovery of body
Today the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory positively identified the individual that was discovered on January 23, 2018 deceased in northeastern Johnson County as Vernice “Duwane” Ledbetter, who was last seen in Johnson County on December 31, 2017.
With the positive identity of the body we are now able to release that the three individuals in custody for Murder in the First Degree have been arrested in connection with the death of Mr. Ledbetter.
Those three individuals are Brian White, Phillip Raible and Isaac Vaughn. All three are being held on $750,000.00 bonds on the murder arrests. Initial court appearances for all three defendants are scheduled for March 1, 2018 in Johnson County Circuit Court.