BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — The mother of a murder victim is speaking out after police arrest the man accused of killing her son and his pregnant girlfriend. The suspect had been on the run before being picked up at a Birmingham pawn shop.
Richard Wilson was wanted out of Atlanta for homicide and kidnapping. Police say he and an accomplice had wanted by the US Marshals for over a month. And officers say both had a long criminal history. The mother of one of the victims says she can’t believe they were out of jail in the first place.
“He shouldn’t be out on the streets period,” says Kawana Brown.
She’s talking about 40 year old Andre Gay, who was released from prison this past January after serving 22 years of a life sentence for a double murder. Police believe Gay, and 41 year old Richard Wilson killed Kawana’s son Jeronta and his pregnant girlfriend, Briana Brooks.
“I was devastated,” says Kawana, “Really devastated.”
Investigators say in late August the pair posed as FBI agents, stormed into their Atlanta home and kidnapped Brown and Brooks. Police say the duo later asked for a $150-thousand ransom and when it wasn’t met, the couple was shot execution style and left on the side of a road.
“I cry everyday,” says Kawana.
Since then, a region wide man hunt has been in effect, until this Monday when Gay was arrested in Atlanta and charged with murder. Wilson was picked up in Birmingham Today trying to sell guns at the Quick Pawn Shop on Green Springs Highway. A clerk called police after he said Wilson was acting nervous. When officers ran his record he was wanted, not just for this case, but also for an additional murder this past January and federal probation violation charges.
As for Kawana, she says investigators aren’t the only ones with questions for the pair.
“I wanna ask them, “Why did you do that to my son? You know you don’t have to do that.'” claims Kawana. “I don’t understand. Why did they want to do it.”
At this time Wilson is being held in the Jefferson County Jail where he is waiting to be extradited to Atlanta.
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