FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Michael Brown, the 22-year-old Marine deserter wanted for murder, was arrested Wednesday morning at the same home where authorities say he killed his mother’s boyfriend more than two weeks ago.
Brown’s attorney, Deborah Caldwell-Bono, would not say whether Brown turned himself in to authorities. She spoke with him at the jail but offered no specifics. She said she expects her client to waive arraignment next week. Courts are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Michael Brown had eluded capture for two-and-a-half weeks. He is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Rodney Brown. Friends have said the younger Brown was abused physically and emotionally by Rodney Brown, whom Michael Brown thought was his father until just recently.
Brown’s mother also met with her son following his arrest Wednesday morning. She offered no comment.
Sheriff Bill Overton Jr. told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that Brown was arrested around 8 a.m. at his mother’s home in Hardy, Virginia, outside Roanoke. Acting U.S. Marshal Brad Sellers said investigators received information that led them to refocus on the home.
Authorities contacted Brown at the home and took him into custody. No one else was at the home during the arrest.
Overton said the manhunt for Brown covered three states. Brown appeared to be in “fine” condition, according to Overton.