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13-year-old charged with murder after New Castle man found dead in the street

New Castle Homicide Crime Scene
Ernest Thornsberry Jr.
Posted at 8:08 AM, May 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-04 13:53:00-04

HENRY COUNTY — A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after police say he fatally shot at man in New Castle Tuesday night.

According to a police report, New Castle police officers were initially called to the intersection of S. 21st Street and A Avenue on a report of a possible hit-and-run with injuries.

Arriving officers located a man covered in blood in the middle of the street, according to a police report. Officers administered aid to the victim, who was later identified as Ernest Thornsberry Jr., 47. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the course of the investigation, neighbors told police they heard gunshots in the area.

Detectives were able to identify four possible suspects, all teens. All four were interviewed by police in connection with the homicide.

Three juveniles were released and a 13-year-old was taken into custody. The teen, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, has been preliminarily charged with murder.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information should contact the New Castle Police Department.