A not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect plea and arraignment waiver was filed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Dale County Courthouse for both charges against Chad Dewayne Brogdon following his grand jury indictment, according to Brogdon’s attorney Nick Bull.
Bull said he will also be filing a motion for a mental examination.
Brogdon, 36, was indicted on Sept. 24 on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of his mother, Penny Newton of Level Plains.
His case was bound to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing on July 23 where he was represented by Bull. Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kirke Adams represented the state.
Brogdon was originally arrested on May 16 by Alabama State Bureau of Investigation agents. ABI’s assistance was requested by Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms after GCSO deputies responded to a citizen’s complaint of a burned vehicle. The vehicle was burned beyond recognition and contained human remains, according to an ABI press release.
Brogdon was taken to the Dale County Jail after the arrest where he remains without bond.