A courtroom erupted in cheers and sobs Friday after a jury convicted 25-year-old James C. Brown in the brutal deaths of four women, who were killed after meeting him through ads on an adult website, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Statements like “my baby got justice,” and “they know” echoed throughout the courtroom as relatives of the four women welcomed the verdict, the Free Press says.
The jury’s verdict at Macomb County Circuit Court came after nearly four hours of deliberations over two days. Brown was found guilty of all 10 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder. He is expected to serve the rest of his life behind bars, the report says.
Brown was accused of enticing the women he met on Backpage.com to his mother’s Sterling Heights home in suburban Detroit, murdering them, loading their bodies into the trunks of cars and dumping them in his old blighted neighborhood in Detroit, in two separate incidents in a one-week period before Christmas 2011, the article says. An assistant prosecutor described Brown as a serial killer who got a thrill out of killing women.
The deaths became known as the Backpage.com murders because Brown met the four women, all in their 20s, through the classified advertising website geared toward adults, the Free Press reports.
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