Man accused of murder in great aunt’s death in Greenville


UPDATE: Greenville Police announced on September 4 that they discovered exculpatory evidence that cleared Joel Brown of all charges related to the death of Georgia Frances Mattison. A new suspect has been charged.

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville Police Department officials said a man is accused of murder after his great aunt was found dead in home on Sunday.

We reported earlier that officers responded to a Merlocke Drive at around 9:20 a.m. in regard to a death investigation.

Once on-scene, officers found Frances Mattison, 93, dead on the bedroom floor of her home.

Police said it was later determined that Mattison sustained injuries to her neck from an edged weapon and died from those injuries.

Mattison was discovered by a family member, who then called police.

While on-scene, officers were able to gather statements from witnesses and gather evidence that led investigators to Joel Corey Brown, 42, who is Mattison’s great nephew and who also lived in her home.

Brown was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

He was taken into custody Sunday in Laurens by the Carolina’s Regional Fugitive Taskforce.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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