Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News
Charles Brownlow, Jr., man accused of killing his mother, aunt and three others in North Texas on Monday , went before a judge and was charged with capital murder Wednesday morning.
UPDATE: Charles Brownlow was arraigned on Wednesday and charged with capital murder and evading arrest. More charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues. Click here for an updated story.
A man suspected of fatally shooting five people in Terrell overnight Monday faces one charge of capital murder and more charges are anticipated, Terrell Chief of Police Jody Lay said Tuesday afternoon.
During a news conference, Lay outlined the timeline of events that took place in the city between roughly 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday night.
Arson investigators determined that the fire was started intentionally. Meanwhile, police learned that a person who lived at the Stallings Street address, as well as a white Ford sedan that was tied to the address, were unaccounted for. The missing person was identified as 36-year-old Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., the nephew to the victim on Tyler Street and the son to the woman whose body was found in the burning home.
"Because of the family relation between the two victims and the suspect, the two incidents appeared to be related to investigators at that time," said Lay.
Following up on the off-duty officer's tip, police caught up to the driver who led them on a high-speed chase. The driver eventually crashed and fled on food. Pursuing officers lost sight of the man after chasing him in the dark for about 150 yards. A perimeter was established and, using dogs and a helicopter with infrared vision, the man was located. The man was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m. and identified as Charles E. Brownlow, Jr.
During a news conference Tuesday, Lay refused to speculate on a motive for the shootings but revealed that Brownlow did, "appear to be intoxicated on some sort of substance," but that at this point in the investigation they didn't know what that substance was.
Brownlow is now being held on one count of capital murder, for the death of the clerk at Ali's convenience store, and one count of evading arrest in a vehicle. The other four homicides are still under investigation, police said, and additional charges are expected to be filed.
NBC 5 has learned Brownlow has a lengthy criminal history and had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, drug possesion, assault and possession of a prohibited weapon, the latter for which he received three years in jail in 2008.
Lay said in Tuesday's news conference that had police not caught Brownlow when they did, he worries there might have been further fatalities.
NBC 5's Omar Villafranca, Kendra Lyn, Randy McIlwain, Greg Janda and Stefan Gorman contributed to this report.