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Leverett killed friend over insult
Police say comment about mother led to murder
Wesley Leverett admitted to killing his friend inside the victims small home on Lind Street.
Saying he stabbed Barry Cole in the back after he made a comment about his mother, accused murderer Wesley “Lex” Leverett, 25, admitted to killing his friend inside the victim’s small home on Lind Street near downtown earlier this year.His statement to police was part of the evidence introduced Tuesday afternoon during the suspect’s preliminary hearing. He was bound to the grand jury by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of criminal homicide for killing the 55-year-old former U.S. Marine.“Cole made a remark about his (Leverett’s) mother,” said McMinnville police investigator Todd Rowland of what sparked the fatal attack as the two were hanging out at Leverett’s small apartment across from Super Rama. “Leverett told the victim he thought someone was at the back door and when he turned around he stabbed him in the back.”Rowland went on to detail the horrific crime scene, noting the victim had his throat cut and had been beaten with a table leg.“He said he used a pocket knife,” Rowland testified, noting the alleged murder weapon was found later at a location off Red Road in a wooded area.Rowland revealed during his testimony the break in the case came 12 days after the murder took place when officers finally received the victim’s cellphone records.“Mr. Cole’s cellphone was missing from the scene,” Rowland noted.The records revealed Cole’s phone had been used the night of his murder to call Leverett’s mother, Debbie Daniel, the same one Cole had made the comment about.