Michael Brown’s first court appearance likely next week

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The murder suspect who eluded law enforcement for 18 days now awaits his first court appearance.

Michael Brown, a Marine deserter, is suspected of killing his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Brown, on Nov. 9 in Franklin County. He was arrested on Nov. 27 at his mother’s home, the site where the victim was found dead.

He was arrested without incident a day before Thanksgiving. Due to the holiday, his court appearance will likely occur next week when the Franklin County Court reopens.

Brown is in custody at Western Virginia Regional Jail.

A court filing by an attorney retained by the family of Brown invoked his right to remain silent once in police custody.

The filing by Roanoke attorney Deborah S. Caldwell-Bono was dated Monday, Nov. 18. It stated Brown was “invoking his rights under the 5th and 6th Amendments of the United States Constitution and hereby specifically requests no interrogation of Michael Alexander Brown by any law enforcement office and/or agency specifically including, but not limited to, federal, state and/or local law enforcement officers and/or prosecutors and/or their agents.”

The search for Brown spanned three states and involved multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The U.S. Marshals Service said 340 investigative actions were taken since the manhunt began.

Throughout the search, the surrounding community was in a state of fear and confusion.

With Brown’s arrest, investigators are grateful no one was injured and the community can breathe with ease.

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