US Marshals: Escaped killing suspect turns self in

The suspect switched identification bracelets with a prisoner arrested on a drug charge


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A man charged with first-degree murder who allegedly swapped identities with another prisoner and walked out of a Washington courthouse has turned himself in to authorities.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that 24-year-old James Brewer, a suspect in a fatal shooting in Washington in June, turned himself in just before 2 p.m. Saturday in Washington. He was accompanied by an attorney. The statement says Brewer's escape is still under investigation.

D.C. Superior Court records, however, say that before Brewer was called before a judge, he switched identification bracelets with a prisoner arrested on a drug charge. Brewer then apparently posed as the other person and was released because the charge, possession of PCP, is a misdemeanor.

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