Sunday, February 3, 2008

COCKEYSVILLE, MD/ANOTHER AMITYVILLE? TEEN, NICHOLAS BROWNING, KILLS FAMILY

Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Baltimore County police, speaks to reporters after police arrested Nicholas Waggoner Browning, 15, and charged him with four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of his mother, father and two younger brothers. Browning has been charged as an adult. (AP photo / February 3, 2008)

The Cockeysville home where four people were found dead on Saturday. Police arrested Nicholas Waggoner Browning, 15, of Cockeysville, Md. and charged him with four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of his mother, father and two younger brothers. Browning has been charged as an adult. (AP photo / February 3, 2008)

Teen arrested in death of family members
15-year-old in Balto. Co. charged with first degree murder

By Justin Fenton Sun reporter
12:21 PM EST, February 3, 2008

Baltimore County police have charged a 15-year-old Dulaney High School student with first degree murder in the deaths of his father, mother and two younger brothers.

Nicholas W. Browning was arrested at about 1 a.m. this morning after confessing to the murders of his parents and siblings, police said today at a 11 a.m. news conference in Towson.

Police said Nicholas had an argument with his father, John W. Browning, Friday night and that he took his father's handgun and shot his father, as well as his mother, Tamara Browning, and brothers, Gregory Browning, 13, and Benjamin Browning, 11.

Nicholas left his family's home in the 10900 block of Powers Ave. on Friday and spent that night with a friend. He returned Saturday at about 5 p.m. and reported to his friend that he had discovered the body of at least one of his family members. Police were called and patrol cars swarmed the area.

The teenager, who is a sophomore at Dulaney High School and a Boy Scout, is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

WOW! WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?

2 comments:

weefus said...

I went to middle school and high school with John Browning (the father). The ironic thing is that about 35 or so years ago, one of John's sisters was killed by an accidental gun discharge in the family home. Someone looking through old Howard County police and news could probably find more details.

That said, how terribly ironic...

CHOMP said...

Welcome Weefus,
I appreciate your interesting insights into the Browning family. I really had no information about the family beyond this latest tragic story.