WEST ORANGE, NJ - Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, has been charged in the shooting death of a fourth victim in Seattle by the King County Court.
On Aug. 4, Brown was charged in the murder of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston, in West Orange. Along with Brown, Jeremy Villagran, 19, and Eric Williams, 18, both of West Orange, were also charged in Tevlin's murder. A fourth suspect is still being sought.
The investigation spearheaded by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office into Tevlin's murder is still active and ongoing. No new official details have been released since the Aug. 4 press conference naming the three in the crime, although sources have confirmed Brown's Muslim and Jihadist beliefs. In addition, determining the course of actual events and relationships between the defendants is still under investigation.
Court documents related to Brown's charges noted that his four victimes "were justified kills of adult males, and not women, children or elderly people and that they were part of a 'vengeance' mission."
"My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it," Brown stated during an interview from his cell at Essex County Correctional Facility, where he remains jailed. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day. All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life."
With the announcement that Brown has been charged in the April 27 murder of Leroy Henderson, 30, of Seattle, it brings Brown's known death toll to four. Henderson was shot 10 times and killed by Brown in a drive-by shooting in his girlfriend's Dodge Durango. He killed Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young on June 1 in the Leschi neighborhood of Seattle, shooting them multiple times in Said's car and leaving a bloody palm print behind, along with 9mm casings.
Brown fired 10 shots into Tevlin's Jeep Liberty on June 25 in West Orange, hitting Tevlin eight times. He then moved Tevlin's body to the passenger seat and drove the vehicle to the parking lot of the Ron Jolyn Apartments, where he fled on foot into the woods. His murder was classified as a robbery by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Brown, along with Villagran and Williams, pleaded not guilty to Tevlin's murder on Aug. 6.
It is believed that the 9mm also belonged to Brown's girlfriend, the mother of his children.
Authorities continue to investigate how Brown got to West Orange from Seattle, and what happened in between. It is already known that on June 29, he somehow made it to Point Pleasant, robbing a man and leaving evidence of his 9mm and clothing behind in a bathroom. On July 10, he robbed a resident of the Crest Ridge apartments located at 200 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange, where he had returned to his campsite.
On July 14, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office issued their first alert that Brown was possibly at large in the area, and on July 18 he was apprehended by West Orange Police after connections were made in the Pt. Pleasant robbery and robbery at the Crest Ridge Apartments.
In the meantime, ballistics proved that Brown's 9mm was the same used in the murders of Said, Anderson-Young, Tevlin, and now, Henderson. Brown was captured with the 9mm at his campsite behind the Crest Ridge Apartments.
"The investigation in King County and New Jersey reveals that this defendant is responsible for a series of murders, none of which appear to be provoked, and all of which show an extreme level of violence," King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said in a Wednesday afternoon statement.
Satterlee went on to say that he expects Brown to be returned to Seattle at some point, but it is unclear when that will be. He remains jailed at Essex County Correctional Facility. Seattle still has a death penalty. New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007.
Katherine Carter, Public Information Officer for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, told Tap into West Orange that "Under the ethics rules that apply to prosecutors in New Jersey, we are not permitted to discuss statements made by a suspect."
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