Former NFL Player Sergio Brown, Accused of Matricide, Denied Bail Release

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Former NFL Player Sergio Brown, Accused of Matricide, Denied Bail Release

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In Maywood, Illinois, former NFL player Sergio Brown, who stands accused of killing his mother, allegedly purchased a one-way ticket to Cancun, Mexico, following the last known sighting of the victim prior to her tragic death last month, according to a prosecutor’s statement on Wednesday.

Brown, facing charges of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide, made an appearance in court for a detention hearing, presided over by Cook County Judge Teresa Molina-Gonzalez. The judge denied his request for pretrial release, meaning he will remain in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for November 22.

The lifeless body of Brown’s mother, Myrtle Brown, was discovered on September 16 near a creek in Maywood, which is situated about 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Chicago. A medical examiner confirmed her death as a homicide, attributing her injuries to an assault.

Sergio Brown, aged 35, had been residing with his 73-year-old mother in Maywood. On October 7, he was deported from Mexico back to the United States and returned to Illinois on Tuesday, as reported by local news outlets.

During the hearing, Brown appeared in a gray sweatshirt and red basketball shorts, his wrists restrained in handcuffs, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. He remained largely silent throughout the proceedings, only responding when addressed by the judge and showing little, if any, visible emotion.

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jose Villarreal informed the court that Brown was the last person seen with his mother and was observed burning fabric on the night of her death, which occurred on September 14. Brown reportedly flew to Cancun the following morning, and charges on his credit card suggest he had rented two homes in Colombia before being deported.

Villarreal also stated that cell phone data indicated both Brown and his mother were in close proximity to each other around the estimated time of her death.

The prosecutor claimed that investigators discovered similarities between DNA samples found beneath Myrtle Brown’s fingernails and a toothbrush located in Sergio Brown’s bedroom. However, the public defender, Robert Fox, argued against this, contending that no one had witnessed the alleged crime.

Fox asserted, “There’s no direct evidence; it’s all circumstantial.”

Charnelle Dunlap, an assistant public defender working alongside Fox, declined to comment on the case at this time.

Sergio Brown, who attended Proviso East High School in Maywood and played college football at the University of Notre Dame, had a brief but notable career in the NFL. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills, before leaving the league in 2016.
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