BELFAST — Bail was denied for a man accused of killing his sister and brother-in-law at their Waldo home on Oct. 5, 2020, by Superior Court Justice Robert Murray.

As of the Oct. 28 bail hearing at the Waldo Judicial Center, 67-year-old Glenn Brown of Benton, has been in jail for over a year. His attorney Kaylee Folster argued that because her client had no criminal history, he did not present a flight risk, and asked the court to grant Brown bail. 

Folster proposed the court consider releasing Brown to his 45-year-old daughter who lives in China, where he would be monitored using a cellphone-based facial recognition platform until his trial next April. Family and friends in support of Brown’s release were willing to put up their houses and other properties, valued at upwards of $800,000, for bail, Folster said.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea countered, saying Brown’s conduct was not spontaneous, but rather intentional, pre-planned murder. Zainea said on the morning of Oct. 5, 2020, Brown went to a bank and withdrew $14,300 and left the money in an envelope at his brother’s home to be given to his wife.

Zainea said Brown then traveled to his sister’s home, entered the residence and shot her in the back of the head as she was standing in the kitchen. Her husband stood up from watching television and proceeded to the kitchen area, where he was shot in the head as well, she said.

Brown, who is charged with two counts of intentional or knowing murder for the shooting deaths of his sister, Tina Bowden, and her husband, Richard Bowden, both 64, pleaded not guilty Dec. 8, 2020. Court records say Brown and three of his siblings were involved in an ongoing civil battle with their sister, Tina, over their late stepfather’s estate.

The shootings occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Bonne Terre Road in Waldo, and according to state police reports, Brown walked into the Belfast Police Department to report the shooting, claiming to have shot “two exotic birds.”

Zainea said Brown could face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Even though the defendant is not at risk of failing to appear in court in the future, she said, “Clearly, when one is facing 25 years to life, there is an impetus not to appear to face the music.”

She asked Murray to consider holding Brown until his court trial. “We’re not talking about a lengthy delay…,” Zainea added.

In his decision to deny bail, Murray said the nature of the crime and the evidence put forth outweighed the positive testimony about Brown’s character.