When James Brewer suffered a stroke and thought he was dying, the churchgoing Oklahoma factory worker decided it was time for an extraordinary deathbed confession.
He wanted to unburden himself of the sin he had carried with him for three decades and so his wife summoned police to the hospital.
Detectives said Brewer, 58, told them he wanted to "cleanse his soul" and said he shot dead a man he believed was trying to seduce his wife more than 30 years ago.
But Brewer survived the illness and now faces trial charged with the murder of Jimmy Carroll in Tennessee-- where the death penalty may await him.
For 30 years James and Dorothy Brewer had been living in Shawnee under the name of Michael and Dorothy Anderson.
Police were summoned to Brewer’s hospital bedside earlier this month after he suffered a stroke.
He is alleged to have then told them he shot dead 20-year-old Jimmy Carroll who he believed was trying to seduce his wife.
The couple fled in April 27, 1977, after the shooting death of Jimmy Carroll. Carroll was shot twice, once in the abdomen and once below the left shoulder with a handgun.
Last week, Brewer and his wife, Dorothy, sold all their possessions in a garage sale and left their modest home in Shawnee, Okla., where they had been living under the assumed names of Michael and Dorothy Anderson. The couple became active members of the local church, where Mrs Brewer established a Bible study group, according to reports.
They then drove to Hohenwald, Tenn., where he surrendered to the authorities.
Brewer was arrested shortly after the shooting of Carroll, a neighbour, but was released on bail. He told police that he and his wife fled to Oklahoma, where they started a new life.
Herald News Services March 23, 2009
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Tags: Deathbed Confession, James Brewer, crimes of passion
Location: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States (load item map)
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