Murder Suspect Escapes From D.C. Court, Recaptured

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    The prisoner who escaped from DC Superior Court turns himself in to U.S. Marshals. (Published Saturday, Jul 16, 2011)

    Authorities said a man charged with murder who escaped custody at D.C. Superior Court Friday was back in custody on Saturday afternoon.

    James Brewer, 24, was apprended by U.S. Marshals at 1:50 p.m.  The U.S. Marshal service said they concluded their search for him "after hours of intense manhunting."

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    Brewer, accompanied with his attorney, turned himself in at the 600 block of D Street Northwest, by arrangement.

    Police allege that Brewer is responsible for the shooting death of 71-year-old Solomon Reese on June 27.  The murder victim had operated a small business selling cigarettes from his apartment, and investigators suspected robbery as a motive for the killing.

    Nicknamed "Sticky," Brewer appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Friday afternoon for first degree murder. 

    The U.S. Marshals confirmed that at some point, while in or near the D.C. Superior Court cell block, Brewer escaped custody.

    A well-placed police source told News4 that the suspect escaped by switching his identication bracelet with another man at the court who was there for a misdemeanor drug offense.  Using the bracelet, Brewer was able to walk free, for a short time.

    In addition to the first degree murder charge, Brewer also faces charges for escape and eluding arrest.  Marshals said at the time of Brewer's recapture, he had shaved the dreadlocks off of his head.