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John Wesley BROWN





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 10, 1990
Date of arrest: 2 days after
Date of birth: June 4, 1946
Victim profile: Wesley Brown, 77 (his father)
Method of murder: Shooting (.38 caliber revolver)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on July 25, 1991

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

opinion J-70-2002

John Wesley Brown was sentenced to death on July 25, 1991 for the first-degree murder of his father, Wesley Brown. John Brown shot his father to death inside their home the previous year.

On June 10, 1990, John Brown and his father, Wesley Brown, who was then seventy-seven years old, were together in their home in Philadelphia. A quarrel between the two occurred over Brown's use of his father's car for "hacking," that is, an unlicensed taxi service.

Brown shot his father four times with a .38 caliber pistol and left him to bleed to death in their home. A neighbor who heard the shots called the victim's granddaughter; she in turn called her grandfather. John Brown answered the phone and told his niece that her grandfather was outdoors.

Brown placed a .38 caliber revolver next to his father's body and took $400 from his father's wallet, then drove off in his father's car. He disposed of the murder weapon by throwing it out the car window in Maryland en route to Georgia.

Two days later Brown was stopped at a road check in Georgia; a computer check of his driver's license disclosed that the license was expired, that the car was stolen, and that Brown was wanted in Pennsylvania for murder.

Brown admitted shooting his father, but claimed it was done in self-defense after his father pointed a .357 magnum pistol at him.



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