Community Remembers Grant Police Chief Murdered 10 Years Ago

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GRANT, Ala. (WHNT)-- Thursday marks a dark 10-year anniversary for people in Marshall County.

People in Grant held a candlelight vigil Thursday night for former Police Chief Verlon LeMaster, who was killed on August 15, 2003.

LeMaster was shot and killed while serving a warrant.  He and several other officers went to a home off Cathedral Caverns Highway to pick up a runaway. Police said Brian Butler and Jerid Eldridge were hiding in a closet and when LeMaster went in the house, they came out shooting. Lemaster was shot in the head. He was flown by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital but died shortly after arriving.

475Eldridge pleaded guilty in 2009 and is serving a life sentence. Butler was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Chief LeMaster had a total of 28 years of law enforcement experience and had served with the Grant Police Department for 20 years. He had served as the chief for the past 13 years. He is survived by his daughter, sister, father, and brother.

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