Murder charge filed after man found dead in Hoke ditch
A Raeford man was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection with a body found in a Hoke County ditch two weeks ago, authorities said.Posted — Updated
Johnny Gray, 43, of 920 Johnson St., was being held without bond in the Hoke County jail.
The body of Ricky Bratcher, 38, was found in a roadside ditch on Sept. 24. Hoke County authorities haven't disclosed the location of the ditch.
Bratcher was beaten to death, authorities said.
Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive for the slaying or what evidence led to Gray's arrest. They said the case remains under investigation.