By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Fire Chief Freddy Brown has been indicted by an Itawamba County grand jury.
Brown, 47, will be arraigned on Nov. 15. If he chooses to enter a plea, his plea date will be Jan. 6; if he decides to go to trial, his trial date could possibly be as early as the end of January.
Brown is accused of accessory after the fact to manslaughter and first-degree hindering the prosecution.
His brother, Gerald Brown, 54, also faces charges of first-degree hindering the prosecution.
Although no date has been set, the Browns will not appear in court earlier than January.
The brothers are charged in connection with the June 10 beating and ultimate death of Johnny Neil Johnson. According to investigators, the Browns withheld information leading to the arrest of suspect Chris Bird.
The attack on Johnson allegedly occurred at Gerald Brown’s house, but the brothers reported that the victim had been dropped off at the residence after being beaten.
Freddy Brown, who has served as Fulton’s fire chief since September 2000 and has been a member of the Fulton Fire Department since March 1993, has been suspended from his position for the time being.