Murder suspect remains in St. Louis

2014-01-18T09:00:00Z 2014-01-18T09:01:41Z Murder suspect remains in St. Louis The Southern

A 28-year old man charged with murder in the death of Marsha Ann Brown is fighting extradition to Illinois.

Brandon L. Banks of Cape Girardeau was arrested about

6 p.m. Thursday at a home in St. Louis and is being held on $1 million bond. He remains in the St. Louis County jail.

“We have a warrant that holds him in place until a governor’s warrant can be agreed on between the two states involved,” Brian Herschbach, St. Louis County Justice Services bonding supervisor, said.

Brown’s sister, Martha Griffith of Jonesboro, confirmed Friday her sister was killed by gunshot. The body of Brown, 40, was found found Tuesday morning on Potters Road just off U.S. 51 in rural Makanda.

Jackson County authorities said there is still more work to do in the case.

“This is still an active investigation,” Jackson County Lieutenant Mike O’Leary said.

Information gathered in the investigators’ initial trips to Cape Girardeau led them to St. Louis and the home where Banks was staying.

Griffith said she had mixed emotions upon hearing of Banks’ arrest.

“I didn’t know this guy, but I knew he was evil,” Griffith said. “I knew he was crazy. I’d have rather found him myself, but since I didn’t I’m glad they got him.”

Griffith is confident justice will be served and had nothing but praise for the investigators.

“We’ll get justice. There ain’t no “if” — we will,” Griffith said. “They (investigators) are doing a good job, a great job — excellent.”

Banks has prior convictions including possession of a controlled substance in 2007 and driving without a license in 2008 and 2009, according to online court records.

chris.hottensen@thesouthern.com

618-351-5074

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