Affidavit: Decatur grandmother’s murder heard on phone call; Grandson confessed

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Posted: Jun 11, 2021 8:26 AM
Updated: Jun 11, 2021 12:57 PM

A person talking with a Decatur grandmother on a late Thursday night phone call heard the crime and alerted police to the crime scene.

Court records show that unidentified caller asked police for a welfare check after hearing the attack on 66-year-old Deborah Patterson.

The caller told police that Patterson said her grandson Aaron Michael Brown hit her. Suddenly, the call ended and the caller could not reach Patterson again.

Police arrived at the house on 1610 Locust Street Southeast and found Patterson dead of an apparent stab wound and her grandson was gone.

Police searched the area and found the 19-year-old walking a few blocks away.

He had blood on his shorts and arm as well as lacerations to his right thumb and forearm.

Brown was taken into custody and court records show during the police interview that he made “made spontaneous utterances that he killed her.”

The court attempted to hold Brown’s initial appearance hearing but he was being seen by a jail nurse Friday morning and the judge’s order shows he was not in a current mental state for the hearing.

The judge then ordered him held without bond and reset the initial appearance for Monday morning.

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