Convict Charged In Fiery Deaths Of Central Texas Man, Daughter

A convicted felon who was just released from prison was jailed Thursday in lieu of bonds totaling more than  $1 million, charged in connection with the deaths of a Central Texas man and his daughter whose bodies were found in a burned out house.

Dennis Wayne Brown (Jail photo)

BRYAN (April 10, 2014) Dennis Wayne Brown III, 34, of Madisonville, was in the Brazos County Jail Thursday charged with arson and burglary in connection with the deaths of a Bryan man and his daughter, whose bodies were found Monday in a burned out house.

Brown, who’s also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was released from prison last Friday after serving 15 years for aggravated robbery.

His bonds total more than $1 million.

Firefighters found the bodies of Thomas Devin, 63, and his daughter Noel Devin, 32, after responding at around 4:30 a.m. Monday to a report of an explosion and fire in Noel Devin’s home in the 2000 block of Vinewood Drive in Bryan.

Autopsy results were pending Thursday.

Brown was taken into custody Monday evening at the El Camino Motel on Highway 21 after officers found Noel Devin’s missing 2011 Ford Edge parked in front of his room.

Officers saw a set of keys on a table when Brown came to the door, and Brown told them a man he knew as "tear drop" left the car with him, authorities said.

Investigators said that Noel was the single occupant of the house that burned.

When she couldn't be reached, her mother was asked to come to the scene.

She told authorities her daughter’s SUV wasn’t at the house and
Bryan police issued a notice advising officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.


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