LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The autopsy shows Ronald Bures, 52 died from blunt force trauma to the head. The Lamb County Sheriff's Office says he was beaten to death by his housemates and then dragged more than three miles into Hale County where his body was left.
Mickey Birchfield, 51 and Bradford Halderman, 53 lived with Bures and have been arrested for his death.
John Bures first read about what happened in Littlefield in the Sunday paper. He said his heart sank, because though the victim was not identified, he had a feeling it was his brother Ron. On Tuesday his feelings were confirmed. "My brother was a fun loving guy, he loved life, we had a lot of good times together with him and the family at reunions and I'm going to miss him dearly," said Bures.
At first the Lamb County Sheriff's Office told Bures he might have to identify his brother's body but because of severe trauma his brother would be unrecognizable. They had to wait on fingerprint analysis to confirm Ron's identity. Results came four days after Ron was beaten to death, then dragged behind a car for more than three miles.
"It had relieved me to know that Ronnie had died before the dragging it was just sad to hear all of that," said Bures. Ron Bures is the youngest of five children, his older brother John says the Bures family has been through tough times lately, just four months ago their mother passed away.
"On her dying bed she knew that Ronnie had a lifestyle that was a little different, she said I want you to take care of him, I want you to tell him you love him, just look after him, I said I would Momma I will do everything I can now that she is gone and our plans now are to bury him on top of her I was thinking, I've done a really good job of taking care of him, I was really feeling bad," said Bures.
Bures said Ron moved out to Littlefield not long ago for financial reasons. Ron was self employed as a painter and also did construction work in the Lubbock area. Bures said he didn't know the two men Ron was living with. "The guys that did it, I was feeling sorry for them because of how they lived, evidently with what happened they have no concern for life no one should be killed of course, but even the nature of the dragging of my brother's body," said Bures.
Bures says he doesn't wish death upon anyone but hopes these men will be sent to prison for a long time for taking the life of his brother. "Ronnie loved life, he loved every day, every day of living, it's hard to realize that he is not going to be able to continue on like the rest of us," said Bures.
The family is currently in the process of making funeral arrangements.
©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
The autopsy is complete on the man who was beaten and dragged behind a car across county lines. Three days after the victim's body was found in a ditch near Cotton Center authorities are still not releasing his identity.