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Arrest Made in Former Player's Murder

Friday Jun 5, 2009 in Off the Field General

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Springfield, Ohio - A 42-year-old man is being held on $1 million bond on murder charges in connection to last year’s murder of businessman and former Des Moines rugby player Jeff Ebner.

Willie R. Anderson was indicted Monday on three counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts each of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Ebner, 53 and the father of former USA U20 standout Nate Ebner, now at Ohio State, was severely beaten during a robbery of the family’s business Nov. 13 of last year. He died at a Dayton hospital the next day.

Authorities were alerted to the scene at Ebner and Sons Co. auto-wrecking business by an anonymous 911 call.

n the 1970s Ebner, using the last name of Bailin, was a top player for Des Moines, playing in the backline and also at flanker. Later he moved to Ohio and started work in the family salvage business, taking his father’s surname of Ebner and eventually taking over the business, Ebner & Sons.

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