MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Maurice Brown Junior`s family tells WREG justice was served Sunday. Maurice Brown Senior will spend life in prison. But they also say reliving the case this weekend was almost too much for their family.
After 4-and-a-half hours of deliberation this morning the jury found Maurice Brown guilty of all 5 charges including first degree murder. A verdict the little boy’s mother was hoping for.
Princess Page was the boy’s aunt. She said, “The whole time she just wanted to hear guilty, she just wants to hear guilty. And she heard guilty.”
On Saturday Maurice Brown took the stand in his own defense, even acting out the scene from the day his 3-year-old child died. The prosecution said there were shocked to hear a story they say they had not heard from him before.
Shelby County Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols said she’s never seen anything like that.
“The four of us standing here have all investigated or tried a lot of murder 1s and that was a pretty unique situation.”
His attorney said after hearing from the medical examiner and the police investigators he wanted to tell his version of what happened the day Junior was killed.
When we asked his attorney John Keith Perry if he encouraged Brown to take the stand he said, ” I didn`t encourage him but I thought it was necessary to get his side out.”
But the boy’s family says even under oath he didn`t tell the full truth on the stand.
Page said, “Lies, lies, cries lies. That`s exactly how I felt about everything he had to say.”
She added that Junior was loved while he was on this earth and they continue to love him every day, but they live in pain knowing he`s not here today.
“Junior is watching over us now the way we did when we had him for those 3 years.”
Brown will serve a minimum of 51 years in jail before he could possibly apply for parole.