Man Found Dead In Binger Home, OSBI Investigates

Saturday, February 16th 2019, 4:38 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois

A man was found dead early Saturday in his Binger home, authorities said.

Randy Joe Gathers, 57, was found dead in his home in the 400 block for West Johnny Bench Street in Binger. 

Down the street, Brenda Lehman works at the dollar store in town and said Gathers used to come in every day. When Gathers stopped coming in after Thursday, Lehman and her coworkers took notice.

“He had not been back in the store, and so my manager and assistant manager started to worry, and they called the chief of police and asked him to check on him,” Lehman said.

Binger police went to Gathers' home Saturday morning.

Investigators said the door was open, and Gathers was found dead inside.

OSBI Special Agent Dannie Sanders was called in to help with the investigation.

“He was found this morning about 8:20. We worked through the scene. We have determined this is a homicide,” Sanders said.

While Sanders knows this is a homicide, it's undetermined yet if it was indeed a break-in or who killed Gathers.

“There are some things that need to be processed and that can take some time. So really, what we’re hoping for is someone out there that has information that’s going to help,” Sanders said.

Anyone who has information can reach the OSBI at 800-522-8017 or by email at

“Anyone with any information whatsoever, even if they don’t think that the information is necessarily significant, we would still like to hear from,” Sanders said.

As for Lehman, she wants the killer caught too for Gathers' sake and for the safety of Binger.

“I most definitely do because what’s the sense? To take someone’s life like that, I can’t understand it,” Lehman said.

Stay with News 9 and for more information as it becomes available.

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