SPOKANE, Wash.—A major cold case murder break came Monday from Spokane Police Department officers.
Police confirmed Monday that they planned to charge 31-year-old Bud Ray Brown with 1st Degree Murder for a December 2012 shooting. Officers said Brown is accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old David "Brandon" Deponte in the head.
Deponte's body was found in an alley near Bridge and Canyon with several gunshot wounds in December of 2012. Since then, Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives worked to identify a suspect.
In June 2014, Brown was taken into custody in Florida on an unrelated charge. Spokane Police anticipated a warrant for 1st Degree Murder would be be issued on Monday. They said Brown will return to make a court appearance in Spokane.
Members of the Major Crimes Unit flew to Florida in December 2013 to work on the case. They said the motive for the 2012 murder appeared to be a fight from the night before.