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20070906: Serial killer of prostitutes gets another 25+ years MI Detroit Serial Killer News
A convicted serial killer already serving life in prison was sentenced today to another 25 to 50 years behind bars for raping and beating a prostitute who survived his usually deadly attacks.

The formality in Wayne Circuit Court closes the case on Shelly Andre Brooks, a homeless man whom authorities believe killed at least seven prostitutes between August 2001 and June 2006. Investigators have said he may have killed another seven women, though no charges were filed in those deaths.

His latest legal case was the one that led police to catch him at all.

In June 2006, Brooks followed his familiar routine of raping prostitutes, beating them with rocks or sticks and leaving them for dead. His last victim slipped into a coma, but survived the attack.

She described her attacker as unusually tall and knew him as "E." The name was just one of several Brooks used, but the description led police to arrest him when he entered an abandoned building in July 2006.

Police said Brooks eventually confessed to the slayings, even offering one they didn't know about.

20070329: Suspected Serial Killer Sentenced To Life Without Parole MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Shelly Brooks, who police said is a suspected serial killer, was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Vonda Evans on Thursday, Local 4 reported.Brooks testified that he had sex with several prostitutes but did not kill them, and said in court that Detroit police officers threatened him into signing a confession that said he bludgeoned several prostitutes to death.

Brooks was charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of prostitutes from 1999 to 2005.


20070316: Suspected serial killer convicted a second time of murder MI Detroit Serial Killer News
Wayne County jurors took only 30 minutes to convict suspected serial killer Shelly Brooks of first-degree murder today, his second conviction in eight days.

Brooks, 38, of Detroit was convicted in the bludgeoning death of Rhonda Myles, who was found bludgeoned to death in an abandoned building on Detroit's east side in April 2002. A sentencing date has not been set.

Last week, he was convicted in the beating death of Pamela Greer. He will be sentenced March 22 in the Greer case.

“Two life sentences already, no parole, he's not getting out,” said Detroit Police Office Mike Carlisle, a homicide investigator who worked the serial killings. “Once again, we got a conviction against a serial killer.”

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran said DNA evidence and a confession from Brooks gave prosecutors a strong case.

“That's one of the quickest verdicts I've ever had,” said Moran, who has been prosecuting for 13 years.

Brooks is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of five other prostitutes and the rape of a surviving woman.

“We'll probably come back and make a decision on which other cases to try after he's been sentenced,” Moran said.

The woman testified that on June 26, she and Brooks had sex and smoked crack cocaine inside an abandoned garage, then went to an abandoned house to smoke more crack. She said Brooks then sexually assaulted her and struck her with a brick.

20070316: Suspected Serial Killer Convicted of Murdering Prostitute MI Detroit Serial Killer News
A man described by police as one of the most prolific serial killers in the city's history was convicted Thursday of murdering a prostitute.

It was the second murder conviction in eight days for Shelly Brooks, 38, of Detroit. He also faces first-degree murder charges in the slayings of five other prostitutes dating back to 2001.

A jury deliberated only 30 minutes Thursday before finding Brooks guilty in the bludgeoning death of Rhonda Myles, whose body was found in April 2002. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

DNA evidence and a confession from Brooks gave prosecutors a strong case in Myles' death, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran said.

"We'll probably come back and make a decision on which other cases to try after he's been sentenced," Moran told the Detroit Free Press.

Brooks was convicted March 7 in the 2002 slaying of Pamela Greer, 33. He faces mandatory life in prison with no chance of parole when he is sentenced March 22 in that case.

All the victims died of blunt-force trauma from objects such as cement blocks and a table leg, and their bodies were found in abandoned buildings or vacant fields. A surviving victim testified that in June 2006 she smoked crack with Brooks, who then sexually assaulted her and struck her with a brick. He faces rape and assault charges in her case.

Police suspect Brooks may be responsible for the killings of seven other prostitutes in a murder spree that began in 1999.


20070228: Forensic expert: DNA samples match accused serial killer MI Detroit Serial Killer News

A forensic doctor testified today that DNA samples from suspected serial killer Shelly Brooks were a match for evidence taken from three prostitutes he is accused of killing.

Kathy Carr, who works in the Detroit police department's crime lab, said Brooks’ DNA matched the evidence sample swabs taken from the body of Pamela Greer. Brooks, 38, is accused of first-degree murder in connection with Greer’s February 2002 death on Detroit’s east side.

In all, Brooks is accused of killing seven prostitutes on the east side between 1999-2005.

He was arrested last August after a prostitute fought off his attack and later identified him, prosecutors said. That woman, Marsha May, is expected to testify this afternoon about the attack.


20070226: Trial begins for accused serial killer in Detroit MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Six years of prostitute killings on Detroit's east side ended when a woman fought off her attacker last summer, ran out of a house naked and eventually helped identify a man police call a serial killer.

That man, Shelly Brooks, 38, went on trial today in Wayne County Circuit Court for the first of seven slayings of prostitutes, dating back to 1999.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran told jurors that police finally broke the case open after a June 26 attack in which a prostitute survived and later identified her attacker as a man called "E."

Soon, investigators matched DNA samples from Brooks with semen taken from some of the victims, including 32-year-old Pamela Greer, who was found, bludgeoned to death and wrapped in carpeting in February 2002 in an abandoned apartment building.

Moran showed jurors a statement in which Brooks told police he beat Greer with a stick after she tried to flee the apartment.

"I grabbed her and hit her with the stick in the head," Brooks said in the statement.

After she died, "I covered her up with a large piece of carpet," Brooks allegedly told police.

Earlier Monday, Brooks and his lawyer Mark Brown lost an argument to keep 10 alleged confessions out of the trial.

Brooks testified last week during a special hearing that officers threw him against the wall and threatened more physical harm if he did not sign the confessions. However, Judge Vonda Evans ruled this morning that Brooks' testimony was not credible and the confessions were voluntarily made.

"The court does not believe any officer threatened bodily harm," Evans said during her ruling.


20070220: Alleged serial killer admits to sex, not slayings MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Suspected serial killer Shelly Brooks testified today in a special hearing that he had sex with many prostitutes on a regular basis, but never killed any of them.

Brooks told a judge in Wayne County Circuit Court that Detroit police officers threw him against a wall and threatened violence unless he signed confessions saying he bludgeoned women to death on Detroit’s east side.

Brooks is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of seven prostitutes between 1999 and 2005. He was arrested last summer after allegedly beating up a prostitute who survived.

Judge Vonda Evans has been listening to evidence in a hearing to determine whether to admit Brooks’ alleged confessions. Jury selection is expected to follow immediately after Evans’ ruling, which is expected Wednesday.

Brooks, 38, is expected to be put on trial in the killing of 32-year-old Pamela Greer, who was found bludgeoned to death in February 2002 in an abandoned apartment building.

Other trials may follow the Greer case.

Brooks said today that police “broke my will” before forcing him to sign confessions.

When shown pictures of some of the dead prostitutes, Brooks said he told police, “I know these people, and I used to have sex with these people regularly.” He said officers implied he killed the women, to which he responded, “No, I didn’t.”


20061003: Accused Detroit serial killer cut low profile MI Detroit Serial Killer News
The seven victims bore similar characteristics. They were poor black women who eked out livings as prostitutes on Detroit's east side. Police say they were addicted to drugs and had used them in their final moments. They were killed by multiple blunt-force head trauma; recovered weapons included cement blocks, a table leg and a garage door handle. Their naked, decomposing bodies were found in abandoned buildings or in vacant fields, sometimes covered with bits of clothing or blankets, and their legs were left displayed in spread-eagle position. The scenarios leading up to their murders, as described by police who investigated the slayings and interviewed suspect Shelly Andre Brooks, hardly veered from a formula. "I met her some time before this happened," Brooks told police in one of seven statements he signed that were read during a preliminary examination. "I don't remember her name but she was tricky and she got my money... She started walking away, so I did it." Brooks, 37, of Detroit, faces seven counts of premeditated murder and six counts of felony murder in the deaths of the seven women between August 2001 and June 5 of this year. All charges carry a mandatory life sentence without parole. He's due back in Wayne County Circuit Court Oct. 31 for a pretrial hearing. The women he's accused of killing are Sandra Davis, 53; Pamela Greer, 33; Marion Woods-Daniels, 36; Rhonda Myles, 45; Thelma Johnson, 30; and Melissa Toston, 38. A seventh victim was identified only as Jane Doe because her badly decomposed body could not be identified. Brooks has said he was forced to sign the statements he gave police. His attorney, Mark Brown, said Brooks has told him he didn't commit the crimes and intends to fight the charges. But Michael Carlisle, the chief investigator in the case for the Detroit Police Department, said DNA evidence connects Brooks to four of the victims. Brown said he's only aware of DNA evidence in two cases. During the preliminary exam, Brown repeatedly questioned police whether their interviews with Brooks were voluntary. A request made through the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to interview Brooks in jail was denied. Brooks has been in custody since July 30, when he was charged with the sexual assault of a prostitute. The victim of that rape and beating provided police with a description, and an informant helped lead police to him. That case also is set for pretrial on Oct. 31. Those who were familiar with Brooks expressed surprise when he was charged. Standing 6-foot-4 and described as well-spoken and polite, Brooks grew up in a tidy Cape Cod home on the city's east side. He attended nearby Fochs Middle School and attended the 11th grade at Southeastern High. Carlisle said Brooks told him he lived a difficult and abusive childhood. As a young teenager, his mother left to live with another man. Brooks was mostly raised by his grandmother, now deceased, and he maintains no contact with either his brother or sister, said Detroit Police officer Michael Carlisle, the lead investigator on the case. Carlisle said the defendant's mother displayed little emotion upon hearing about the fate of her son. He said she told him she recently saw him walk by the house. "I asked her, 'Did you talk to him?' She said, 'No, I don't let him in the house,'" Carlise said. But Brown disputes contentions of a difficult childhood and said Brooks has been visited in jail by family members. "The family is very, very supportive of him," he said. Carlisle said Brooks was homeless for a while. He had been living for the last seven years in the basement of his cousin's home, Carlisle said. For money, he worked sporadic jobs _ including one at a now-defunct textile business near where the body of Woods-Daniels was found and another at an east-side Burger King. Some patrons of the Mack/Bewick Market where Brooks often frequented said they knew him but most declined to be interviewed on a recent afternoon. The liquor store near Brooks' childhood home is a beehive of activity on a main drag studded by abandoned buildings and empty, weed-strewn lots. Neighborhood resident Bruce Hunter, 58, said Brooks would stand in the parking lot, drinking and arguing with the locals. He also was known for collecting empty bottles for deposit money. "At night time, he went his own way and did his own thing," Hunter said. "That's probably why he was so hard to catch." Hunter described Brooks as a loner. "He kept his business to himself," he said. "You'd never guess he'd do that to people. He looked like a harmless guy." Carlise said Brooks has expressed moral outrage with drug dealers and prostitutes, saying he believed they were to blame for the city's poor condition. Yet Brooks told police he used drugs to entice his victims, and he never went after drug dealers. Jack Levin, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston who has written extensively on serial killers, said serial killers are usually men in their 30s who don't arouse much suspicion and kill members of their own race. The majority suffered through difficult childhoods. "A lot of these serial killers have an uncanny ability to justify what they did," he said. The most common targets of serial killers are prostitutes, he said, partly because missing persons reports are usually slow to be filed. "Family and friends have often lost contact with these women," Levin said. "It may be months before police know they have a missing persons case on their hands." Cathy Parker said she had lost touch with her sister, Pamela Greer, years before her body was found nude and frozen in an abandoned apartment building in 2002. Police found a bloodstained brick nearby. Parker said Greer's four children were taken by the state long ago after Greer became addicted to crack cocaine. She said Greer had a high-school diploma and used to volunteer her time at local churches. She said she ran into her sister one day on the street by chance; the family didn't know Greer was involved in prostitution. "We hugged, we kissed and I told her you need to go see mom," Parker said. "And that was the last time I seen her." Authorities have said Brooks is a suspect in as many as 14 unsolved slayings in the city dating back to 1999. Carlisle said DNA evidence taken from Jane Doe is pending, and he's submitted DNA evidence in other cases, as well. "By no means have we stopped at seven" victims, Carlisle said.

20060930: Accused Detroit serial killer cut low profile MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Seven women who were found slain on the Detroit's east side over the last five years all bore similar characteristics.

All were involved in prostitution whom police say were addicted to drugs. They were killed by multiple blunt-force head trauma, and their naked bodies were found decomposing in abandoned buildings or vacant fields.Shelly Andre Brooks signed statements saying that he went after the women after they took the money he gave them for sex. He faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and felony murder.If convicted on any of the charges, he faces life without parole.Brooks told police he led a difficult childhood. He's also said police made him sign the statements.He's due back in court October 31st.

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