Murder Suspect Arrested
*****UPDATED Jan. 16, 2014 10:20 P.M.*****
WSIL-- Jackson County authorities say the man they've been looking for in the killing of a Cape Girardeau woman has been arrested.
Police caught up with Brandon Banks, 28, Thursday night in St. Louis. He's now in custody on 1st degree murder charges. Banks is accused of killing Marsha Ann Brown in the overnight hours late Monday or early Tuesday. The 40-year-old's body was found Tuesday morning along a road south of Carbondale, just off Route 51 near Makanda.
The family is still trying to come to terms with Marsha's death. She leaves behind 5 children, who all say she was a strong woman. A best friend who lived life to the fullest and won't be forgotten.
"Her life was taken, that's not fair. That's not fair to us, to her," said Destiny Headrick, the victim's 19-year-old daughter.
"She didn't deserve this, not at all," agreed Sandy, Brown’s sister.
Destiny says her mother left the family's house in Cape Girardeau with Banks and two others Monday night. Her intuition told her something wasn't right. Marsha and Brandon had a disagreement over the phone, just minutes before she left.
"I'm sorry, I didn't want her to go," Destiny added.
The news of Marsha's death rocked this family, as they face the ultimate betrayal.
"Why, why? We've been knowin' him for a long time. You called yourself a friend. You were supposed to be close to the family as if you was family," explained Sandy.
They say Marsha tried to place a 911 call Monday night, to get help and return to her family.
"She said she was being held against her will, that's all that we know," Destiny said.
In the middle of the night, Destiny received a message stating her mother was safe. That was far from the truth.
"Why would you say that? Why would you text that knowing that ya'll knew? I don't understand," wondered Destiny.
Now they stand together in the face of tragedy.
"We want justice, were not stopping till we get justice. Doesn't matter if it takes two days, two years, 20 years; we not stopping," urged Sandy.
Funeral services for Marsha Brown will be 6:30 Monday night at Trinity Grace Chapel in Jackson, Missouri. Donations are being accepted at Ford and Son's Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Banks remains behind bars in St. Louis. He'll be brought back to Jackson County in the coming days. Investigators are still looking for other persons of interest.
*****UPDATED JAN. 16, 2014 9:10 P.M.*****
WSIL -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirms they have arrested a suspect in the death of a Cape Girardeau woman whose body was discovered Tuesday near Makanda.
Brandon Banks, 28, of Cape Girardeau was taken into custody Thursday around 6 p.m. in the St. Louis area. Authorities say Banks will be extradited to Jackson County to face first degree murder charges in the death of Marsha Ann Brown.
WSIL -- Authorities have named a suspect in the death of a Cape Girardeau woman whose body was discovered Tuesday in Jackson County.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says Brandon Banks, 28, of Cape Girardeau, is wanted for first-degree murder in death of Marsha Ann Brown.
Brown's body was found Tuesday morning along Potter's Road near Makanda. An autopsy was conducted, but authorities have not said how the 40-year-old Brown died.
Banks is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (618) 684-2177.
Investigators are also looking into other persons of interest but have not released any other names.
News 3's Sam Jones spoke with Marsha Brown's family this afternoon and will have the exclusive interview tonight on News 3.
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