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Twenty-one months have passed since 68-year-old William C. Brown was found beaten to death at his Self Creek Road home, and the question of who may have been responsible was answered on Friday.
Steven D. Love, 27, whose last know address was on Cup Hill Road in Maben, was arraigned in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Friday on a Grand Jury indictment murder charge in Brownâ€™s Nov. 3, 2009, slaying.
Love is currently serving a prison term for a burglary conviction in Webster County and is not eligible for bond. Judge Jim Kitchens set Loveâ€™s next court appearance for Nov. 1.
Brown was found by a neighbor at his home at 2890 Self Creek Road about 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2009, said Sheriff Dolph Bryan at the time of the slaying. A family member did report seeing Brown alive the previous day as they passed each other on the road by car, Bryan said.
Bryan said Brown was taking a variety of medications for assorted medical problems and had his pills organized in a day-to-day compartment for morning and evening doses. Brownâ€™s medication organizer is giving Sheriffâ€™s Department investigators a time frame to help pinpoint when he might have been killed, Bryan said at the time of the slaying.
Brown died from blunt force trauma to the head and was found lying on the floor. No signs of forced entry were found inside Brownâ€™s home, and sheriffâ€™s deputies have not released information regarding specific details of the crime scene, including whether fingerprints were recovered.
But as months went by, deputies hit a dead end in the investigation, and Love was developed as a suspect in Brownâ€™s slaying only within the last few months, Bryan said late Friday afternoon.
â€śThis case has been a hard one. Weâ€™ve really concentrated hard on it the last year and a half,â€ť Bryan said Friday.
â€śWe worked on it for months and
months without developing a real good suspect. But if you get a little luck with that hard work, something can develop, and thatâ€™s what happened here. I think we have a really good case.â€ť
Bryan would not comment directly on what evidence Sheriffâ€™s Department investigators developed that tied Brown to the killing. The case was also taken directly to the Grand Jury for indictment, Bryan said.
Bryan commended Deputy Brett Watson and the Sheriffâ€™s Department investigations unit for its hard work on the case.
â€śThey did a great job putting it all together,â€ť Bryan said.