No bond for Terrell rampage suspect charged in store clerk's death

Brownlow captured

Credit: Robert Flagg / WFAA

Charles Brownlow Jr., the suspect in five murders in Terrell, was apprehended in a wooded area south of U.S. 80 early on October 29, 2013.




Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

TERRELL — A judge ordered no bond for the suspect charged in the death of a Terrell store clerk, who was one among five found killed Monday night in Terrell.

Charles Brownlow Jr. was arraigned by Judge Mike Smith just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The 36-year-old suspect was charged with evading arrest and capital murder in the death of 22-year-old Luis Leal. Terrell police Chief Jody Lay said more charges are pending.

Leal was the last of five victims found by police during a deadly night in Terrell that began with the discovery of a body later determined to be Brownlow's 55-year-old aunt, Belinda Walker.

Police were called to the home where Walker's body was found after shots were heard in the area at about 5 p.m. About 30 minutes later and a few blocks away, a local firefighter spotted a fire at a home where the body of Brownlow's mother, 63-year-old Mary Brownlow, was discovered.

About five hours later, two more bodies were discovered at a nearby home where police also found a 3-year-old child uninjured in bed. Authorities identified the victims as 33-year-old Jason Wooden and 30-year-old Kelley Pratt, both acquaintances of Brownlow.

It wasn't long after the discovery of Wooden and Pratt that an officer spotted the suspect's vehicle at a local convenience store, where Leal was found fatally shot.

Brownlow evaded police in car and on foot before he was found hiding in heavy brush early Tuesday morning, police said.

After his arraignment Wednesday morning, Brownlow was transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center.

WFAA's Marcus Moore contributed to this report