ROANOKE, Va (WFXR News) – Many people have been sharing their support on social media for the man accused in a Franklin County homicide.
Federal, state and local authorities have been searching for Michael Brown since Saturday, November 9, following the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend Rodney Brown.
WFXR News has been sharing updates on the manhunt, and some have been commenting to show their support. Many pointing out that the full story of what happened that day is not yet known.
“Innocent until proven guilty, so prove him guilty, he doesn’t have to be here for you to prove him guilty,” said Stephanie Manus. She says she’s never met Michael Brown, but after the manhunt for him hit Roanoke, she took an interest in his story.
“We got the phone call to say that school was closed, so I started looking and reading but even right off the bat, stories didn’t fit, red flags were going up all over the place,” said Manus.
She created a Facebook group for Michael Brown supporters who want him to be safe.
“A lot of the group are saying, ‘hey we feel like we’re fully in support of you running, we’re fully in support of you coming in and turning yourself in to a military base, turning yourself in to somewhere you know that it is safe,” Manus said.
Manus says in her personal opinion, Brown didn’t pull the trigger in the murder he’s accused of, and she believes there is a lot more to the story.
“We don’t know what happened, or if he did this but the fact that he’s never been violent before and since whatever happened in the last nine days, there’s no indication that he’s in any way harmed anybody,” said Attorney Deborah Caldwell-Bono.
“So hoping to somehow get that message out to him that he’s young, he can get through this, just turn himself in before he or somebody else gets hurt.”
Caldwell-Bono, who has been hired to represent Brown, says she hasn’t had any contact with him, but she hopes the public support helps. But she also says she hopes the supporters encourage him to turn himself in, and that they don’t break the law.
That’s a sentence some supporters like Billi Asbury say they don’t want to face, but they are offering to help in other ways.
“I might leave a sandwich out on my porch for him. If he needs it, it will be there,” Asbury said.
According to the Department of Justice, a person could face one to five years in prison for harboring a fugitive, depending on what the fugitive is accused of.
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