3 charged with murder following homicide, suspicious fire in Sylvania

Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 7:11 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2022 at 6:22 PM EDT
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SYLVANIA, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has charged three people with murder following a suspicious fire in Sylvania that recovered a body after it was extinguished.

A fourth person was charged in the case as well.

The GBI has charged the following people:

  • Labaron Quinterius Brown, 18, with Murder and Armed Robbery
  • Timothy Marad Omarious Wheeler, 21, with Murder, Armed Robbery and Arson 1st Degree
  • Jennifer Elaine Brinson, 28, with Murder, Armed Robbery and Arson 1st Degree
  • Tyler Roberson, 21, with Arson 1st Degree

They are facing charges after a Nov. 23, 2021 fire on Old Poor Robin Road. The body of Charles Brady Gibson, 46, was found inside the house after the fire was extinguished. The body was taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s office where his death was ruled a homicide.

Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile is praising the GBI agents who took the lead on this case.

“They did a tremendous job because it was a very difficult crime to solve. It destroys so much evidence when you burn something like that. Evidence is still preserved, but there’s no way that it does a perfect job.”

Despite the difficulties, Sheriff Kile says investigators made use of the suspect’s mistakes but couldn’t say what those mistakes were.

“Everybody makes mistakes when they commit a crime, it’s just finding the mistakes they made. Mistakes were found, warrants were issued and now they’re here paying for the horrible crimes they committed.”

Brown and Wheeler were already in custody in the Screven County Jail on unrelated charges. Brinson was in custody in the Bulloch County Jail on unrelated charges.

GBI agents and Screven County Sheriff’s Office deputies found and arrested Roberson in Sylvania. He was taken to the Screven County jail without incident.

Sheriff Kile saying this was not a random act.

“It wasn’t like someone rode up down the road and picked at his trailer. They came there with definite purpose. Nobody else in the county was in danger.”

As to whether investigators have determined a motive, Sheriff Kile said, “yes, but we can’t say right now.”

Sheriff Kile says prelimary hearings for those charged will take place in the near future. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact the Screven County Sheriff’s Office at 912.564.2013 or the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Statesboro at 912.871.1121.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1.800.597.TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Once the investigation is complete, the GBI says the case file will be given to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.