Charges added to inmate charged with murder

Chad Brogden

Two attempted murder charges have been added to a Dale County Jail inmate already charged with murder.

Chad Brogden, in jail on no bond in connection with the Mother’s Day 2019 death of his mother, faces the new charges in connection with an incident at the jail Oct. 17.

Dale County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said the armed assault on a jail correctional officer occurred as the officer exited the special housing cell block at the Dale County Jail in Ozark.

“An inmate, unprovoked, attacked the correctional officer with an improvised ‘shank,’” Bynum said. “The inmate repeatedly struck the correctional officer until the officer was able to free himself and isolate the inmate back inside the cell block.

“The inmate then initiated another physical altercation with an inmate inside the cell block,” Bynum said. “That inmate received moderate injuries and was transported to Dale Medical Center. The correctional officer also received injuries and was transported to Dale Medical Center where he was treated and released.”  

Brogden’s most recent court appearance was on Aug. 12 when Thirty-third Judicial Circuit Presiding Circuit Judge William Filmore denied Brogden’s request for bond on the charge of murdering his mother, Penny Newton, at her Level Plains home on Mother’s Day in 2019. Brogden was living with his mother at the time.

According to court files, at about 5 p.m. May 14, 201, fishermen spotted a burning vehicle underneath the bridge near Hartford in Geneva County. Authorities discovered what appeared to be a body inside the vehicle, but indicated it was burned beyond recognition.

Law officers charged Brogden with murder and abuse of a corpse.

During the bond hearing before Filmore Aug. 12, Kale E. Kirkland, Ph.D., an Alabama licensed psychologist, testified that Brogden, 37, can understand the legal system despite a long history of drug abuse.

During the bond hearing, Dale County Assistant District Attorney David Emery told the court that Brogden has a 2010 felony conviction in connection to falsifying a $1,400 check and a 2002 conviction for eluding police.

Newton’s sister, Becky Wyatt, told the court that Brogden had threatened her in the past. Wyatt, who allowed Brogden to live with her in Panama City, Fla., for a period of time, alleged that he had previously threatened to kill her.

“One time, two or three years ago, he said he was going to kill me and then one time when I was leaving their house he also told me he wished I would wreck my car and kill myself,” Wyatt said at the bond request hearing

Filmore denied Brogden’s request for bond saying that “the defendant’s release would pose a real and present danger to others or to the public at large.”

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