Sergio Brown, who was arrested in connection with the violent death of his mother, Myrtle Brown, last month, waived extradition in a Southern California court on Wednesday.
Brown, 35, was denied bail during a morning extradition hearing in a San Diego courthouse, according to a spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
The former NFL player was arrested Tuesday when he returned to the United States from Mexico after a first-degree murder warrant was issued, according to the Maywood Police Department. He was booked into the San Diego Central Jail at 4:06 p.m., where he remains.
Myrtle Brown, 73, was found dead Sept. 16 near a creek not far from her Maywood home. Sergio Brown has since disappeared.
An autopsy found she suffered multiple injuries from the attack, and her death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Myrtle Brown’s family released a statement through their attorney after news of Sergio Brown’s arrest broke.
“Our family is grateful to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for responding to our calls for immediate and urgent action in the case of our beloved Myrtle Jean Simmons Brown,” the family said in a statement on behalf of Christian Kang said in a statement shared by Wei. .
“We are also encouraged by the news that Sergio Brown has been arrested and returned to the United States unharmed. Our family prays that as the investigation progresses, more answers will be revealed surrounding this heartbreaking incident. situation.” the statement read.
Myrtle Brown’s body was found near a small nature trail that ran along a section of Silver Creek and through the back of her home. The creek is lined with tall grass and wildflowers, and the backyard is surrounded by a clump of trees.
Neighbors described Myrtle Brown as a sweet woman who was always helpful and friendly.
It’s unclear how long Sergio Brown has been in Mexico. Authorities said he disappeared on September 16.
Days after his mother was found, a 51-second video posted on social media showed a man who resembled Brown. In the video, he calls reports of his mother’s death “fake news” and claims that Maywood police and the FBI are framing him.
Myrtle Brown’s family said in a statement last week that they were grateful for the outpouring of support and condolences from the community and called on local law enforcement to move forward with the investigation into her death.
They also said no family members have had contact with Sergio Brown since his disappearance.
“Myrtle’s smile and personality were infectious, and her passing leaves an indescribable void not only in our lives, but in our community,” Conway’s family said in a statement. “However, We cannot ignore the need for justice. We implore law enforcement agencies, especially the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office, to work diligently and thoroughly to get to the bottom of the truth and hold Myrtle Jean Simmons-Brown accountable.”
Brown attended Providence East High School in Maywood and played college football at the University of Notre Dame. In 2010, he was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. In 2016, he also played in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.