TERRELL (October 29, 2013) A 36-year-old man was in custody Tuesday facing charges in the deaths of five people who were killed in Terrell.
The man was arrested early Tuesday after he stole and wrecked a car and officers chased him into a wooded area, Terrell police Chief Jody Lay said.
He didn’t speculate on a motive for the spree that left three women and two men dead.
One woman was found shot to death Monday afternoon at a house in Terrell and the body of a second woman was found in a burning home nearby.
Monday night a man and a woman were found shot to death at a third residence and a male clerk was killed at a convenience store.
The brother of man in custody said their mother and another relative were among the victims.
Terrence Walker told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his brother, Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., lived at their mother's home in Terrell.
He said his brother struggles with drug addiction and that their mother looked after him.
Walker said police called him at around 6 p.m. Monday to tell him his mother's house was on fire.
He said he had to identify his mother's body.
He said one of his aunt’s was killed in one of the other attacks Monday night.
Court records show that Brownlow has a long criminal history that includes convictions for assaulting a family member, drug possession and weapons charges.
He was sentenced in 2009 to three years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, but was paroled after seven months, the records show.
Two years ago he was convicted on an assault charge related to family violence, but the records don't indicate which family member was involved.