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Guilty verdict for James Brown in Backpage murders

Authorities found Brown's DNA under the nails of two victims and tiny drops of blood from another were on a pillow and a door in his basement.

After four hours of deliberation over two days, a verdict was handed down today, Friday Feb. 28, in the murders, reports the Macomb Daily. Four women that placed personal ads at the website were murdered when they went to the home of James Brown. The women, all in their 20’s, were Renisha Landers, Demesha Hunt, Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary.

The case was heard by Judge James Biernat Jr. in Mount Clemens at the Macomb County Circuit Court. The three week trial ended with James Brown convicted on all counts. The charges included: four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of disinterment or mutilation of a body and two counts of arson for burning the vehicle and garage.

Brown, 25 now faces life in prison. He will be sentenced April 15 with no chance for parole. The families of the four women have waited two years for justice and closure.

At the time of the murders, Brown was living in the basement of his mother’s Sterling Heights home. Brown killed two women at a time, days apart in December, 2011. After the murders, the bodies were placed in the trunks of their cars and abandoned in a Detroit neighborhood. One of the cars was placed in a garage and burned.

The cause of death is believed to be asphyxiation by Brown who is 6 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 340 pounds, but due to the mutilation and burning of two bodies, there isn’t an exact cause of death.

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