Crime scene reveals clues in area murder


Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 11:07 p.m.
A Columbia County man, found dead on a recliner in his home earlier this week, may have known his killer, deputies reported.
A trail of blood led from the front porch of 429 SW Bluff Drive inside the mobile home where a 71-year-old woman discovered her son's body Wednesday afternoon.
Marty Llyn Brown, 50, had been shot multiple times, including in the leg, Columbia County Sheriff Bill Gootee said Friday.
Deputies believe Brown, last seen by neighbors at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, may have been out on the porch when he first was confronted by his attacker.
Based on evidence - including the absence of signs of forced entry into the mobile home and shell casings found in the walls inside the residence - Gootee said investigators think Brown knew whoever showed up at his home and that there may have been more than one attacker.
"Blood found on the porch is consistent with a gun shot wound to the leg," Gootee said. "Once shot, more than likely, he turned and went into the house and then dropped onto the recliner where again he was shot a couple of times."
Several areas in the home, near the couch and in the bedroom, had been disturbed as if someone were looking for something, Gootee said. But officers aren't sure what anyone might have been searching for.
Relatives said Brown, who was on disability following a car accident in the 1990s, drew a small disability check and didn't keep large sums of money around his home. The family also told officers they never saw Brown have any guns or weapons in the home near the Gilchrist/Columbia county line in an area called Hollingsworth Bluff.
Gootee said officers think the shooting occurred sometime Monday evening but, when investigators spoke to neighbors, none recalled hearing anything out of ordinary.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (386) 758-9212.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com

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