Double homicide suspect, Brenda Brown, was hospitalized last week after her actions at a Chattanooga medical facility, reports Bledsoe County Investigator Ricky Seals. She since has been released and is still being held at the Bledsoe County Detention Center in Pikeville awaiting a September 28 Circuit Court appearance.
Brown, 47, is accused of killing her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Brown, and Elizabeth’s sister, Billie Sue Blaylock in early August. She was arrested for two counts of first degree murder approximately five days after the sisters’ funeral.
On Monday, September 5, the prisoner was taken to a medical facility in Chattanooga for a scheduled medical procedure, explained Seals. He would not elaborate which facility she was taken to, nor what the procedure was.
“During the treatment process, a medical issue came up, that she caused herself, that required her to be hospitalized,” said Investigator Seals. “She should have been able to come home the same day of the treatment, had her activity not caused the hospitalization.”
Brown was in a critical care unit at Memorial Hospital until Friday, September 9, when she was released and transported back to the detention center.
Brown is accused of killing the elderly sisters between 8:30 p.m. on August 15 and 8:30 a.m. the following day at Elizabeth Brown’s residence. They were both in their nightclothes, and shot in the face - Brown while in her bed and Blaylock as she exited the back door on the back porch steps, stated Sheriff Jimmy Morris previously.
The case broke when authorities found Blaylock’s pocketbook and other items in the trash Brenda Brown had taken to the landfill. That prompted a search warrant which uncovered the alleged murder weapon, a .40 caliber glock, that was found in a canister, among other items. Brown, and her now estranged husband, were at the Sheriff’s department for an interview during the search of their residence, according to Sheriff Morris. After finding the items, they placed her under arrest.
She has been incarcerated at the local detention center, awaiting both a General Sessions Court appearance and Circuit Court appearance. On Friday, September 1, Brown did appear in Bledsoe County General Sessions Court, where Judge Howard Upchurch recused himself from hearing the case since he had represented the sisters in some recent legal matters and because he had represented Brown in an aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism case.
During court on September 1, Judge Upchurch informed Brown her husband, Bill, had filed divorce proceedings and would not be paying for her defense. He appointed Public Defender Jeff Harmon to represent Brown since she indicated she could not pay for her defense. Upchurch also informed Brown, that Rhea County General Sessions Judge James McKenzie would be hearing her general sessions case. As of Tuesday, September 13, no court date had been set.
Brown is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on September 28 for a violation of her probation in a felony aggravated burglary, theft between $10,000 and $60,000, and vandalism case. These charges stem from her breaking into Karen and Houston Thomas’ residence taking jewelry and assorted items in 2010. At that time, she was sentenced to ten days, served at 24 hour increments on weekends, followed by four years of probation.
In researching Brown’s incident at a Chattanooga medical facility and subsequent hospitalization, records were uncovered in Hamilton County where Brown had been charged in April for shoplifting at Hobby Lobby. According to case documents, Brown was seen on store surveillance video entering the store with a “flat” pocketbook and later exiting the store with a “fat” pocketbook.
These new charges along with the murder charges could weigh heavily in Brown’s probation hearing, noted Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Pope.