Sheriff’s investigators drove overnight to Tallahassee, Fla., in hopes of questioning a man accused of stabbing a Lauderdale County resident to death late Monday.
Investigators said they want to interview Shannon Paul Brewer, 24, 7876 Lauderdale 200, Florence, who was apprehended along with his brother in Tallahassee about 14 hours after Mark Allen Dishon, 49, was stabbed to death at his home near Zip City.
Investigator Richard Richey said Brewer and his brother, Jerry Lee Brewer, 25, were found about noon by U.S. Marshal agents on a highway in Tallahassee. He said it appears they were trying to get as far away as possible from the Shoals, “but we’re not sure where they were headed at this time.”
Sandra Sikes, Dishon’s ex-wife who lived with him at the 64 Lauderdale 638 residence, was stabbed once during the attack, authorities said. Sikes, 66, was treated and later released from the hospital. Dishon was stabbed numerous times, authorities said.
Sheriff Ronnie Willis said a motive in the case remains a mystery.
“We hope to know a lot more if they are willing to talk to us,” Richey said. “We want to give (Shannon Brewer) an opportunity to give his side of the story.”
Richey said the investigators also will collect evidence from the white, 2001 Toyota Sequoia he said was stolen from a convenience store on U.S. 43 between Killen and Greenhill shortly after the incident and used by the Brewers to get to Tallahassee.
“The main thing is we have them in custody and no one was hurt during the process,” Richey said. “(Shannon Brewer) made a comment before leaving that he would not be taken alive, so we considered them to be armed and dangerous.”
Richey said arrest warrants charging Brewer with murder have been issued. He said other charges are likely pending.
Jerry Lee Brewer, whose listed address is 1402 S.W. Eighth St., Sheffield, faces first-degree theft of property for his role in stealing the SUV from the convenience store, authorities said. They added additional charges could be added when the investigation is concluded.
Richey said Shannon Brewer and Dishon were friends, but it is unclear where their friendship began. He added Dishon was unemployed.
“(Shannon Brewer) apparently visited him several times,” Richey said. “They would grill out at the victim’s house.”
The single-frame house is on a dead-end road. A Confederate flag with a skull and bones insignia flies from a wooden flag pole at the edge of the front porch. An American flag is affixed to the front porch rail and there are several signs warning people of security and dog guards. One sign is of a cartoon character stating “no trespassing.”
Another signs warns of security cameras on the front porch, but Richey said they are not operable.
Richey said Shannon Brewer arrived at the house shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. He said Sikes, who called 911 operators at 9:25 p.m. to report the stabbing, told investigators she was in the bedroom and did not hear what the two men were arguing about. She later came out of the bedroom and saw her ex-husband being stabbed, “and it appears she was cut while trying to get him off (Dishon),” according to Richey.
He said the attack could have started near the kitchen sink, and Dishon’s body was found in a small room near a computer.
Investigators said they believe Shannon Brewer left the residence in a blue Hyundai. He reportedly stopped briefly on Stoney Point Road, which is also known as Lauderdale 24, where someone reported seeing him with bloody clothes.
“While we were responding to the scene where the stabbing took place, we got a call from Fuel Company on U.S. 43 in Killen indicating a sports utility vehicle had been stolen,” Willis said. “The store employee pulled his vehicle in front of the store while he was closing. He said he saw a blue Hyundai pull up and a man got out of the passenger’s side of the vehicle, jumped into his SUV and took off heading south on U.S. 43.
“We think they drove to the shopping mall in Killen, dropped off the Hyundai and likely headed out of town. This all happened between 10:30 and 10:50 last night.”
Richey said Dishon’s body was sent to Huntsville for an autopsy. He said he hopes the autopsy will reveal how many times Dishon was stabbed and more information about the weapon used.
Mike Goens can be reached at 256-740-5740 or mike.goens@TimesDaily.com.