GASTONIA, N.C. -- The mother of one of the three suspects charged with killing a 90-year-old World War II veteran says she loves her son and always will.
Martha Martin was in the courtroom in Gastonia today when her son, Brian Thad Carver, was charged with murder and had his bond set at $1 million.
Carver and his 22-year-old stepson Joshua Rick were both charged with first-degree murder in the death of 90-year-old Ray Jackson.
Jackson went missing March 5th. His family said he had the early symptoms of dementia.
His body was later found under a bridge by a DOT crew. Investigators have not said how Jackson died.
Friday afternoon, investigators charged a third man, Willie Frazier, of Charlotte, with taking part in the murder.
After he son's brief appearance in court, Martin said, "I'd like to tell the people I'm sorry and I hate that it happened."
She blamed her son's drug use for getting him in trouble.
"My son wasn't raised that way. He was raised to be a good person."
She added, she still loves him.
"I do I still love him and I think about him every day."
The third man arrested, Frazier is expected to be in court next week.
UPDATE: Gaston County's District Attorney dropped charges against Willie Frazier on March 27.
Frazier was released from the Gaston County Jail. Police said that when detectives started working on the case, they had probably cause to arrest Frazier in the death of Ray Jackson.
But Capt. Rosselle said they soon found new evidence that cleared Frazier.
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