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Leeds man charged with murder in 2008 home invasion


Colbert County investigators and the Alabama Bureau of Investigations arrested a man and charged him with a 2008 murder.

Officials said 32-year-old Derek Burt of Leeds was arrested Tuesday in Jefferson County.

Burt was charged with the 2008 murder of Harry Ricks. Investigators said three men armed with guns entered Ricks' home and tied up Ricks, his wife and daughter. Ricks was apparently able to get his legs free and as he ran to the door for help, he was shot in the head.

On June 12, 2012, DNA evidence came back from the scene. It was sent to KODIS and on July 16, a match was found with Burt.

He was arrested in Birmingham without incident and charged with three counts of capital murder.

Sheriff Ronnie May said while they are pleased with the arrest, the case is not yet closed.

"The wife and family seemed to be really pleased with where we were yesterday when we notified them that we had made an arrest and the subject was in jail," said May. "They understand there's still two people out there. The fact that we're pleased with this arrest goes without saying, but we also know we have a lot of work left to do."

Officials said there is a reward for information leading to the arrest of the other two suspects.

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