Second man held in hemp farmer’s slaying

Ronnie James McDougal Jr. PHOTO COURTESY OF DCDC

A second man has been charged in the February slaying of a North Carolina hemp farmer at the Hartsville airport, officials said. Ronnie James McDougal Jr. was charged with murder May 13 after turning himself in at the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office. In March, another man, Deangelo Marquell McFarland, also was charged with murder in the case. Both are accused in the death of Christopher Benton McLeod, 29, of Carthage, N.C. McLeod helped operate a family-run hemp-growing farm in Carthage. He flew into Darlington County with his father to sell hemp and flowers, the elder McLeod told officials.

Author: Rachel Howell

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