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Ex-Durham Officer Charged in Murder

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DURHAM — A former Durham police officer is charged withfirst-degree murder in the beating death of a woman in January.

Broadus Crabtree, 49, of 219 Southerland Ave. was arrested Sunday.Officers say they think the case is drug-related, but would not discuss aspecific motive.

Employees at Cable Com found the body of Shelby Rigsbee, 30, on aservice road near their office on U.S. 70 East. Rigsbee had no permanentaddress, and had not been reported missing. She was identified through herfingerprints.

Crabtree left the police department in 1994 after serving 16 years onthe force. He does not have an arrest record.

Crabtree is being held in the Durham County jail without bail.