Texas shooting suspect indicted in 4 more deaths
- Article by: NOMAAN MERCHANT
- Associated Press
- June 9, 2014 - 2:20 PM
DALLAS — A North Texas man suspected in a daylong series of shootings that ended with five people dead has been indicted in four of those killings.
The indictments returned Friday accuse Charles Brownlow, 36, in the killings last year of his mother, his aunt and two other people elsewhere in the rural community of Terrell, about 30 miles east of Dallas.
He was already indicted in the shooting death of store clerk Luis Gerardo Leal-Carrillo.
The attacks began to be uncovered early on the evening of Oct. 28, when Brownlow's uncle, Robert Walker, arrived home to discover his wife Belinda dead on his son's bedroom floor.
About 30 minutes later, fire units responded to a blaze at the home of Brownlow's mother, Mary Brownlow. Firefighters found her body in the smoldering remains of the house and police said the fire was clearly arson.
Around 10:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a shooting at another home and found Jason Wooden and Kelleye Sluder dead.
An off-duty police officer meanwhile spotted a car that authorities believed Brownlow had stolen parked outside a convenience store. As the officer called in the sighting, the suspect ran from the store, jumped in the car and led police on a high speed chase. He wrecked the car and was found by police hiding in a creek.
Leal-Carillo's body was discovered inside the convenience store.
A police affidavit released after his arrest accuses Brownlow of targeting seven people in total, suggesting that he had intended to kill two other people that day.
Brownlow was also indicted for burglarizing a home with the intent to commit aggravated assault.
Brownlow's brother said immediately after the shootings that his sibling had been living with his mother and struggled with drug addiction.
Prosecutors have already said in a court filing that they intend to seek the death penalty.
Brownlow's attorney, Jack Stoffregen, did not immediately return a phone message.
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