Nash County man charged with murder in father's death, deputies say

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Friday, May 24, 2024
Nash County man charged with murder in father's death: deputies
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said when deputies arrived at the home for a welfare check, they described smelling a chemical odor.

NASH COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A man was taken into custody in connection to his father's murder, Nash County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened Thursday on Liles Road between West Hornes Church Road and Southern Nash High Road.

According to Sheriff Keith Stone, deputies were called to a residence for a welfare check at about 12:30 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found chemicals and described smelling a chemical odor in the home.

Stone said they found a dead 63-year-old man inside. There was blood everywhere, and it was obvious the man had been murdered.

Chopper 11 flew to the scene where dozens of deputies were seen searching for the suspect in the woods.

At about 4:45 p.m., deputies could be seen taking a man wearing a blue shirt into custody from the wooded area. He had camouflage on his face at the time of the arrest.

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He was later identified as 37-year-old Brandon Charles Earp, who has a criminal history. He was charged with first-degree murder.

According to Stone, after Earp killed his father, he poured chemicals all over the home. Earp was also hallucinating and said he was trying to flee from aliens.

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