Washington, D.C. officials say a handyman has been found guilty of beating an elderly tenant to death.
57-year-old Clifton Brown make repairs in September 2021, when the attack occurred, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., citing court evidence.
Brown’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment by McClatchy News.
Standing outside the home’s basement apartment, Brown began arguing with the tenant, 75-year-old Luther Brooks, through a closed door, officials said.
Brooks eventually opened the door and struck Brown with a stick, knocking him to the ground, officials said.
Brown then allegedly “lashed out at” Brooks and beat him until he began “babbling incoherently,” officials said.
Afterward, officials allege Brown dragged him outside and “threw him into a concrete stairwell,” where, unable to sit down, he fell and hit his head on the concrete.
Brooks was taken to George Washington University Hospital with a fractured skull and broken ribs and passed out several hours later, prosecutors said. Less than two weeks later, he was taken off life support and died.
An autopsy revealed that Brooks died of blunt force traumaand his death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
At Brown’s trial, a medical examiner testified that Brooks had broken ribs held his breathleading to his death, according to DC Witness, a crime reporting publication.
A neighbor, witness Terror told jurors that she saw “someone holding a large object and swinging it over her head several times,” according to the agency. “Someone was very angry, swearing and very loudly,” she said.
A jury convicted Brown of first-degree murder on Jan. 18, officials said. The announcement of his sentence is scheduled for May 5.
Luther Brooks was a zealot photographer and Vietnam veteransays an online obituary.