From STAFF REPORTS
Michael Alexander Brown was scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County General District Court on Wednesday morning to face charges of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony and fugitive with felony arrest.
The arraignment was bypassed, according to a court clerk, who said the court received a letter of representation for Brown. Court records show that Deborah Caldwell-Bono is the attorney of record for Brown. During the 18-day search for Brown, Caldwell-Bono issued a public plea for Brown to turn himself in after friends of Brown’s asked her to represent him.
A preliminary hearing date has been set for March 19.
Commonwealth Attorney A.J. Dudley told The Franklin News-Post on Monday, he had “no comment at this time” if there would be additional charges filed in the case.
Federal charges in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia have been dismissed.
Brown, 22, eluded police for nearly three weeks following the Nov. 9 shooting of his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Brown. He was arrested without incident Nov. 27 by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI and Virginia State Police at the home of his mother, Vanessa Hanson.
The sheriff’s office released a statement Dec. 2 that “officers were searching the Woodthrush Circle residence for Michael Brown. As officers prepared to enter the attic space of the residence, Michael Brown crawled out of the attic and was apprehended by law enforcement without further incident.”
The release added, “At no point did Michael Brown contact law enforcement and make arrangements to surrender or turn himself in.”
According to the now-dismissed federal criminal complaint, Hanson named her son as the shooter.