Duo arrested in connection with Weatherford man's murder, remains found in ETX
POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:37pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
A couple has been arrested in South Carolina in connection with the killing of a Fort Worth man whose partial remains were found in Smith County.
According to the the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brandon Bernard Daniels, 30, and Damonica Laniesha Evans, 25, were arrested in Florence County, South Carolina, Monday and booked into jail on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery.
The duo is reported to be involved in the slaying of Marion Lee Brown, 54, of Weatherford.
Marion Lee Brown
The Smith County Sheriff's Office found human remains in burned carpeting the morning of Friday, May 23. At 7:07 a.m.. That day, Smith County dispatchers received a 911 call regarding an object wrapped in carpet which was smoldering and lying in the road on CR 371, north of FM 1252 in the northeastern part of Smith County. A responding deputy arrived on scene at 7:33 a.m., and reported apparent human remains wrapped in carpet.
Detectives responded to the scene, as well as Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Mitch Shamburger. At this time, the body has not been found, therefore the victim has not been identified. A second caller told authorities she saw a white older model SUV near the scene.
Later that night, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith told KETK they found a vehicle they strongly believed to be connected to the finding of Brown's remains. A Toyota FJ Cruiser was found, charred, on Lavender Road, just north of I-20, around 4:20 p.m., Friday afternoon.
East Texas law enforcement then began working with authorities in Shreveport, Louisiana, after the body of a man was discovered in Cross Lake. At first, officials believed the victim died in a boat propeller incident. Smith County authorities then contacted the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office on Tuesday, May 27, and forwarded a photograph of Brown to see if the descriptions matched. The coroner made a tentative identification by facial recognition.
On Wednesday, May 28, Shreveport authorities identified the victim as Brown and ruled the death a homicide.
The next day, potential suspects were identified and those suspects now sit in the Florence County Jail.