March 30, 2009

Deathbed confession

Man Confessed Murder on "Deathbed", then Got BetterĀ 

Then was charged with murder.

James Brewer could now face the death penalty over the unsolved killing in Tennessee 32 years ago, according to US reports.

Convinced he was dying after a stroke, Mr Brewer reportedly admitted shooting dead 20-year-old neighbour Jimmy Carroll.

Mr Brewer had reportedly moved to Oklahoma from Tennessee after jumping bail after he was originally arrested and charged with Mr Carroll's murder in 1977.

The former factory worker changed his name to Michael Anderson and settled down with his wife, Dorothy, in the town of Shawnee.

The couple became active members of the local church, where Mrs Brewer established a Bible study group, reports say.

After suffering a stroke, Mr Brewer called police to his hospital bedside earlier this month, where he reportedly made the confession.

Detectives said Mr Brewer had admitted killing Mr Carroll, who he believed had been trying to seduce his wife.

Posted by Jill Fallon at March 30, 2009 8:46 AM | Permalink