The Wife of Murdered Former Powhatan Mayor Arrested on Theft Charges
Deborah K. Brown, the wife of the late Marvin Brown, the former Powhatan mayor found murdered in his hunting cabin on Nov. 18, 2013, has been charged with one count of first-degree felony theft after she allegedly stole a substantial amount of money from her late husband's business, Powhatan Construction.
On Friday, officials said they would not comment on whether there was a possible connection between the charges and Brown's murder.
Deborah Brown was arrested at her home on Thursday and transported to the Belmont County Jail. Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said the FBI provided the technology and the financial expertise to break the case, said the murder case is a top priority for the department, and they work on it daily.
Marvin Brown was well-known in Powhatan, and had close ties to the community. He was mayor in 1984 and 1985. His death shocked the community. At the Powhatan American Legion, they remembered the man who was always helpful, and was once their post commander. "He was well liked at the post. He's done a lot for our post. Marvin all in all was a good person. It's a shame what has happened to him. And I hope they catch whoever did it," said resident Dave Tolzda.