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February 21 09:46 AM

Three arrested in murder of Gloster, La., man

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Gloster, La.

On Tuesday morning, DeSoto Parish sheriff’s deputies received a call from a family member of Nathaniel Cash reporting a burglary at his residence.

Deputies found the body of Cash, 79, with his hands bound behind his back on the floor in a rear bedroom. There were no indications of trauma on the victim, and investigators are waiting for an official cause of death. The residence had been ransacked.

Family members said Cash lived alone and did not keep any significant amounts of money, though the motive appears to be robbery.

Cash had reported a home invasion about two weeks ago when he awoke to find a suspect inside his residence, who then fled.

Cash was unable to identify the suspect and could only give a vague description.

The victim was last seen late Monday night, which is when investigators believe the breakin occurred.

Investigators processed the crime scene and are conducting follow-up interviews and tips as they arrive.

A suspicious white vehicle was seen in the area on two occasions late Monday night. Investigators were able to identify this vehicle along with three suspects who have been charged in Cash’s death.

All three suspects, identified as 24-year-old Malcolm Wayne Hall of Gloster, La.; 25-year-old Dalduran Jamar Brandon of Frierson, La.; and 21-year-old Martavia D. King of Gloster, La., have confessed their involvement in the break-in. Their motive was robbery, believing that Cash had large amounts of money. One of the suspects choked Cash while he was being tied up, later threatening him with a pistol.

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Cash died of a heart attack as a result of the physical assault. Hall admitted to being involved in the previous break-in and fleeing when Cash saw him.

the only items taken from the home were a pistol the victim had near the bed and a small amount of change.

All three suspects were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on a charge of first-degree murder.

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