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Ned Dillard (1967-2012) was the victim in Corpse in a Garden (Case #2 of Grimsborough).

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Ned Dillard was a 45-year-old mortgage broker at the time of his death, and had short gray hair and blue eyes. Before his demise, Ned sported a pair of black glasses, and donned a white shirt and black tie underneath a brown suit.

Murder details

Ned's hand had been cut off by his killer only to be placed in his garden, while his body was placed naked in his bathtub where he slowly bled to death. Nathan discovered that the hand indeed matched his body, and a further inspection revealed that only a man could have cut his hand off.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be the victim's bodyguard, Dennis Brown.

During the moment of his arrest, Dennis angrily declared that the police had nothing on him, but they proved that he tried to chop down his victim, and when it failed, Dennis attempted to burn the house down but fled when Dave Simmons arrived. Judge Hall did not need any reason as to why Dennis committed the crime because the evidence collected by the police team was enough to prove him guilty of the murder – grounds for a lifetime jail sentence for Dennis.

It was presumed that Dennis was paid by an unknown person to kill Ned. The police suspected the unknown person to be Tony Marconi, but could never prove it.

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