Two more suspects have been arrested and a third is being sought in connection with the Jan. 30 beating death of a Winston County man.

Winston County Sheriff Ed Townsend reported Thursday that Heath Michael York, 27, and Derck Boyd, 21, both of Addison, have been charged with conspiracy to commit assault first-degree in connection with the death of Bruce Pigg, 40, of the Sardis community in eastern Winston County.

A third suspect, Gabriel Moreno of Addison, is also being sought on a charge of conspiracy to commit assault first-degree in connection with the case.

The arrests of York, who according to a family member is a first cousin of the victim, and Boyd bring the total of arrests in the murder investigation to four, with only Moreno still at large.

"Officers arrested Boyd in Addison on Feb. 17 and York turned himself in at the Winston County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Both men were charged and processed and then released on $5,000 bond," Townsend said. "We're continuing to look for Moreno. There is a chance he still may be in the area. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (205) 489-2115."

Meanwhile, the two suspects charged with murdering Pigg remained in the Winston County Jail Thursday.

James Brannon, 25, who has a Cullman mailing address, and Brandon Jarrett, 23, of Addison, were arrested on Jan. 31 in the Good Hope area of Cullman County. Both men are charged with capital murder in the death of Pigg. They are being held without bond.

Townsend said information gathered by investigators indicates that the altercation that took place Jan. 30 at a Sardis residence that led to Pigg's death began as a disagreement over money and drugs.

"The evidence points to money and drugs being involved, but that will be determined in time," Townsend said.

Chief Deputy Don Wright, lead investigator in the case, said the best they've determined, there was a group of people gathered at a residence on County Road 130 in the Sardis community late on the afternoon of Jan. 30 when a dispute arose over money. As a result of that dispute, the victim was beaten to death, Wright said.

It is believed that a hoe handle-type stick was used by the alleged assailants (Brannon and Jarrett) during the beating. The suspected murder weapon was recovered by Winston County authorities on the afternoon Jan. 31.

Also recovered was the victim, whose body had been transported some 25 miles away from the suspected murder scene and dumped in a heavily-wooded area of the Clear Creek Campground area near the southern Winston/northern Walker County line.

"After he was murdered, we believe the suspects placed Pigg's body in his 1985 Chevy Blazer and drove some 25 miles away to the Clear Creek Campground area, where the body was found about 30 yards off the road in a pine thicket," Wright said. "The truck was found abandoned about four miles away from where the victim's body was found."

Townsend said Thursday the conspiracy charges against York and Boyd stem from the fact that while it is believed neither took part in the beating of Pigg, "they witnessed it and apparently did nothing to stop it."

Gordon Pigg of Sardis, a cousin of the victim and a spokesman for the family, said members of the family are scheduled to meet with Winston County District Attorney Jack Bostick today to be updated on the investigation.

"As for the altercation having to do with money or drugs we have no comment because we honestly don't know what it was about," Pigg said. "All we know is that a man is dead and we want those responsible brought to justice."

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