Center Point teen charged in 2012 murder

Center Point teen charged in 2012 murder

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Demarquis Glennerd Brown. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Demarquis Glennerd Brown. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) -

A 19-year-old man already behind bars in Jefferson County has been charged with the murder of a Center Point man from a year ago.

Jefferson County detectives found new evidence in March of this year leading them to a suspect in the killing of 28-year-old Mathew Joshua Hale.

Hale's body was discovered on the side of Sharon Church Road just after midnight on April 16, 2012. Investigators said he had been shot and paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

Jefferson County investigators followed several leads, even offering a $5,000 reward in December 2012 for information in the case, but the case grew cold.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said detectives developed new evidence in March 2013 that led them to charge Demarquis Glennard Brown with Hale's murder. Brown is also from Center Point.

Christian said Brown was already in the Jefferson County jail on charges of trafficking marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a pistol without license and failure to appear on a charge of theft of property second degree.

Brown was charged with capital murder on April 5. He is being held on no bond.

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