One man dead, two charged with murder in Lamb County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/1/09

One man dead, two charged with murder in Lamb County

Source: Lamb County Source: Lamb County

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The Lamb County Sheriff's Office continued to investigate the homicide that occurred Friday evening. 

Friday night the Hale County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers assisted the Lamb County Sheriff's Office when a body was discovered in Hale County. Authorities believe that the murder actually happened in Lamb County not where the body was discovered in Hale County.

Around 8 p.m.  Friday night, the Lamb County Sheriff's Office received a call from a Littlefield woman. She told the dispatcher that 51-year-old Mickey Birchfield, who she knew, came to her house and confessed that he beat up a man and possibly killed him.

"Our deputies responded to her house took statements from her, found out where the guy lived, went to that residence and found there was a crime scene at that residence," said Lamb County Sheriff Gary Maddox.

The Lamb County Sheriff's Office tells NewsChannel 11 that inside the home located at County Road 272 and County Road 317 in Littlefield they found Birchfield and 53-year-old Bradford Halderman, but no victim.

"Probably about 8:11 p.m. Hale County received a call of a vehicle possibly dragging a human body behind it, over in Hale County," said Maddox. Maddox says they found the body on County Road 245 in southeastern Cotton Center. The body had been dragged behind a car for about three miles and then dumped across county lines.

The Lamb County Sheriff's office has not identified the body, but believes the victim and the two suspects, Birchfield and Halderman, were all living together in the house where the crime occurred. At this time the sheriff's office is not sure how the victim was killed, but believes the victim died before the dragging.

"We are working on finishing the case up so we can determine how the death occurred exactly and to put together what happened," said Maddox. The Lamb County Sheriff's Office is waiting for the autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.  They tell us they found several weapons at the crime scene that are under investigation at this time.

Both men, Birchfield and Halderman, are being held and questioned by Lamb County.

If you have any information about this crime, Please call the Lamb County Sheriff's Office at (806) 385-7900.

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