FLORENCE — A Colbert County man, whose brother is charged with murder, learned Friday that he also could face the same charge.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said he plans to ask an upcoming grand jury to indict Jerry Lee Brewer III, 23, 1402 S.W. Eight St., Sheffield, on a murder charge.
Brewer is charged with first-degree theft of property. He is accused of taking a car he and his brother, Shannon, 24, 7876 Lauderdale 200, Florence, used to leave the area after Mark Dishon, 49, was killed Nov. 19.
Shannon Brewer is charged with murder in connection with Dishon’s death.
Connolly announced his intentions during Jerry Brewer’s preliminary hearing on the theft charge and a motion to reduce his bond.
“We are going to ask the grand jury to indict Mr. (Jerry) Brewer for murder, being an accessory after the fact,” Connolly said. “He knew what his brother had done and helped him flee. He is an accomplice to murder.”
Shannon Brewer is accused of stabbing Dishon inside his residence in the White’s Lake community on Lauderdale 638.
Testimony during Jerry Brewer’s preliminary hearing indicated that after Dishon was stabbed, Shannon Brewer drove to a residence on Stoney Point Road in the Underwood community and picked up his brother.
“They drove to a convenience store on U.S. 43, where the owner had pulled his (2001 Toyota Sequoia) up to the front of the building, and left it running while he went in to close for the night,” said investigator Richard Richey with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. He said one of the Brewers got into the Sequoia, and they drove off.
“We found the car they had been in parked behind Foodland in Killen,” Richey said.
He said the brothers still were in the Sequoia when they were taken into custody two days later in Tallassee, Fla.
“Can you put (Jerry Brewer) in the (Sequoia) at the time it was taken?” Brewer’s attorney, Jon McGee, asked Richey during the hearing.
“We’re not sure which one drove off in the stolen car,” Richey replied.
McGee asked for the charges against Jerry Brewer be dismissed based on Richey’s testimony.
Lauderdale County District Judge Carole Medley denied the motion, saying there still is enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.
McGee then asked for Brewer’s $100,000 bond to be reduced.
“His family can’t raise the bail. He has a job he can go to if he can get out,” McGee said. He asked for Brewer to be put on an ankle monitor and be allowed to go to work release.
“He is an obvious flight risk. They found him in Florida,” Connolly said in response. “We believe the bond is suitable.”
Medley also denied the bond reduction request.
Shannon Brewer’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1, court officials said.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.