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July 3, 2012

Murder suspects jailed

WEATHERFORD —  

A former Parker County woman and her son, accused of killing a Weatherford man in 2002, surrendered to New Mexico authorities Friday on murder warrants. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Jason Langley, who goes by Jason, and his mother, Betty J. Ingle, 60, both of Las Cruces, N.M., were indicted Thursday by a Lincoln County, N.M., grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence in the death of 39-year-old Leve “Wayne” Dewayne Lee.

The two were being held on a $1 million cash bond each as of Monday afternoon, Doña Ana County Dention Center staff reported. 

Lee, the father of three children, was reported missing by his mother in May 2002 after he went on a trip to Ruidoso, N.M., in April of that year with his common law wife, Ingle, and her grandson to visit Langley, then a resident of Ruidoso. 

Ingle reportedly told a New Mexico state police officer who followed up on the missing person report that Lee disappeared at a gas station in the small town of Hope, N.M., during a trip to Roswell, leaving behind his truck. 

Lee’s skeletal remains were found in October 2002 in a wooded area off Squaw Valley Road north of the city of Ruidoso but remained unidentified until 2011, when Lee’s children provided DNA for comparison.

“(Lee’s) mother has been hounding the FBI for a DNA comparison and they finally decided to check it,” Lincoln County Major Crimes Unit Commander Ken Cramer said.

The remains had been ruled a homicide by sharp-force trauma, with trauma to the rib area and skull. 

During the investigation in late 2011, some of the family’s relatives and friends interviewed by New Mexico and Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigators said that Langley had spoken of killing Lee. 

Investigators also said Ingle provided conflicting stories of where Lee disappeared from, as well, and they believe she assisted Langley.

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