Spicer Murder Arrest

An arrest has been made in a two-year-old murder case in the Wiregrass, but the victim's family feels justice has not been served.

In August 2002, Ruben Spicer’s bludgeoned body was found inside his Samson home. An autopsy indicated that Spicer was beaten to death with a hammer. DNA found on a cigarette at the scene appears to have broken the case. The DNA was that of Samson resident Billy Ray Hill.

The 36-year-old had been serving a life sentence on several robbery convictions and to avoid the possibility of being convicted for murder, Hill pled guilty to killing the elderly man.

In court, Circuit Judge Kenneth Quattlebaum sentenced Hill to a second life term. But at some point, Hill could be eligible for probation and that has the victim's family upset.

District Attorney David Emery said the plea agreement was the best possible deal and with Hill's long and violent criminal history, he doubts he will ever be placed on probation.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to consider whether anyone else might have been involved in Spicer’s murder.