The oldest Mayor in the State

The family says that at 83, Ralph Ward was the oldest town Mayor in the state. Ralph had accomplished a lot in his life. He had retired from Alumax where he was employed for 40 years in the traffic department. He had been the local school board president, a county deputy sheriff, and a city Marshall. He also operated a small cattle farm. He appears to have been very well thought of in the community.

Thursday, a relative found Ralph Ward stabbed to death in a recliner in his home. 

Police have made an arrest in the murder. As a matter of fact, they have made two arrests. Charged in the murder is 51 year old Nena Bolton and her boyfriend Shaune Smith. Bolton was Ralph Ward's granddaughter. Both are charged with 1 st degree murder.

Nena Bolton had only been out of prison for six months. She was convicted in 1999 for the murder of her estranged husband, Larry Bolton and sentenced to serve 6 years. When he was alive, Larry Bolton had been the city waterworks manager and a former deputy sheriff.

Both the husband and the grandfather having previously worked in law enforcement. Both allegedly dead at the hands of the same woman, six years apart.


Police cite witnesses and bloody clothing as evidence in the case against Bolton and Smith. They state they found bloody clothing, and they are looking for a weapon. Smith has acknowleged the clothing as his, and the blood on the clothing is Ward's. Greed may have been the motive. Police state that Ward's home was burglarized.


1 Comment

  1. Donns Ryals said,

    June 22, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    I have lived near McNeil fo 40 years.I don’t understand why she got out in the first place.You go to the pen if you,re caught selling marajuana for years but kill sopmeone and you are out in 6 years.All this says is go ahead we sre going to slap your hand and tell you don’t do it again.

  2. June 22, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    In some respects I can agree with you Donns. But I am not sure what the circumstances of her husband’s death were, so I have a little reservation. But it is true that in some cases you can kill someone and get virtually little time for it. It is hard to understand sometimes.

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