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Community remembers police chief in candlelight vigil

Verlon Lemaster was killed in August of 2003. Verlon Lemaster was killed in August of 2003.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Grant community will remember their late police chief, Verlon Lemaster, Jr., in a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of Lemaster's murder.

On August 15th in 2003, Lemaster 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.

A memorial to Lemaster is located at City Hall. His picture hangs on the wall of grant's police station.

Eldridge pleaded guilty in 2009 and is serving a life sentence. Butler was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, but is trying to get a new trial. He also will have two new attorneys. Two months ago a judge granted his lawyer's request to be excused from the case.

The candlelight vigil for Lemaster will be held outside the Grant Town Hall at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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