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Lawyer: Murder suspect Michael Brown should have jury trial

Brown tests positive for COVID-19
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:59 PM EST
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Marine deserter who was on the run for weeks after the murder of his mother’s boyfriend had a court hearing Tuesday.

Michael Brown is charged with seven felonies, including the murder of Rodney Brown in November 2019. He’s accused of leading police on a manhunt that spanned several states and 18 days before he was captured at the home where the murder took place on Wood Thrush Circle in Franklin County.

The prosecution had waived a jury trial, but Michael Brown’s attorney, Deborah Caldwell-Bono, told the court she wants the case to be decided by a jury.

" I have a lot of faith in juries. I think juries usually get it right,” Caldwell-Bono said. “Not that I don’t also respect judges, I just really think juries do a fine job.”

Judge Stacey Moreau continued the case from next month until the end of March 2021, because Franklin County Circuit Court has not yet been approved for jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Caldwell-Bono said.

Regarding the trial delay, Caldwell-Bono said her client is resilient. “He’s a survivor. He’s hanging in there, and we just have to all deal with it, make the best of it,” Caldwell-Bono said. “It’s the world we live in right now.”

Meanwhile, Brown has tested positive for COVID-19 while in lockup at the regional jail. His attorney tells WDBJ7 he is feeling good and is not showing any serious symptoms.

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