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Suspect in Ivanhoe drowning refuses 2nd polygraph

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Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigan told the Booster Tuesday that a suspect in the death of Melodie Fay Sexton, age 26 of Beaumont, has refused a second polygraph test. Sexton was found dead in Lake Charmaine in Ivanhoe Father’s Day weekend. According to Bud Sturrock, investigator for the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department, Sexton, her boyfriend David Spradley Jr. and her three-year old son Jack were all spending the night in Ivanhoe for the holiday weekend in a cabin owned by family members. “We still do not know at this time if we are dealing with an accident or a murder,” said Sturrock. Craig Sexton of Groves, father of the victim, maintains his daughter was murdered. “She would have never left without her son, her cell phone, cigarettes and shoes and she would have never swam in that nasty lake,” he said. Two suspects were recently polygraphed and one passed. The second suspect’s results were inconclusive and authobut the suspect refused to retake the test. Toxicology reports showed Sexton had a blood-alcohol level of 0.0313, but alcohol has not been ruled as a factor in her death. Several cuts were found near her nose and mouth by investigators, but did not indicate a struggle. Her body had been in the water for over 12 hours before it was found.rities suspected prescription drugs played a factor. A second test for this suspect was set to be administered,

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