Elijah James Indicted for Murder of Danielle Brown

By: Julie Montanaro Email
By: Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 8.19.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man indicted in the murder of Danielle Brown may stand trial in Georgia first.

Elijah James was indicted for robbery and murder in Leon County Wednesday and a judge promptly issued a warrant for his arrest.

Yet James is still in jail in Thomasville, where he faces arson charges for torching Brown's car.

Prosecutors in the two states now have to decide who will try him first.

"We have to coordinate with the district attorney's office in Thomas County and after talking to them we'll make a decision on whether he'll face the charges in Georgia first or the charges here first," said prosecutor Jack Campbell.

Jim Prine in the Thomas County District Attorneys Office says James is scheduled to go to trial there September 27th, but he would not be surprised if the defense files for a change of venue given all the publicity in the case.

Prine says all of that is subject to change if Florida prosecutors want to try James for murder first.
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UPDATE 8.18.2010 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is indicted for murder in the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

Despite the fact that Brown's body has never been found, a grand jury today gave the go-ahead for Elijah James to stand trial.

A stream of witnesses testified before a Leon County grand jury as the families of Elijah James and Danielle Brown sat side by side in silence in the hall.

James's cousin, who is pictured in surveillance photos with him the morning after Brown disappeared, was among those who testified.

"It takes a lot out of you just knowing this has taken place," Solomon Mills said. "I'm hoping that her family gets some closure somehow, someway, hoping that she eventually turns up."

After more than four hours of testimony, a grand jury comes back with an indictment that may be unprecedented in Tallahassee.

Elijah James indicted of first degree murder and robbery ... even though Danielle Brown's body has never been found.

"This is not unprecedented in Florida. I have not found a case in the second judicial circuit where we've proceeded with a homicide charge without a body," prosecutor Jack Campbell said.

"There's other evidence we're using to prove that in fact, Danielle Brown is deceased and that this defendant, Elijah James, is the person who murdered her," prosecutor Georgia Cappleman said.

"Now it's time to go to court and prove it. This is a tremendous case of multiple law enforcement agenies working together," Sheriff Larry Campbell said.

Danielle Brown's sister, Nicole Brown Sheffield, says the family is "so pleased" with the indictment and "looking forward to justice."

Brown's mother, Sonja Brown, says she is "hopeful" that James is going to be convicted, and hopes the murder charge - and the possibility of the death penalty that comes with it - will convince James to reveal the location of her daughter's body.

The judge issued a warrant for James's arrest. Prosecutors must now work with authorities in Thomasville to decide whether James will face arson charges there first or be brought to Tallahassee to stand trial for murder.

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*** Udate 4:00 PM 8-18-2010 ****
The Leon County Sheriff's Office has released a statement about the James indictment.

In it, Sheriff Larry Campbell says, “Today this investigation moves into the prosecution phase. In over 48 years of law enforcement, I can’t recall a case when so many law enforcement leaders and agencies from many jurisdictions have worked so well together. I thank them all for their continued support and assistance.”

To read the whole press release, click on the document attached to this story.
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Updated 1:15pm 8-18

A grand jury has indicted Elijah James for robbery and first degree murder.

We will have more details as soon as they become available.
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Tallahassee, FL - Danielle Brown is missing and presumed dead, but a grand jury is meeting to decide if there's enough evidence to indict her ex-boyfriend for her murder.
Brown disappeared February 5th and was last seen with ex-boyfriend Elijah James.
James is accused of arson in Georgia for torching and abandoning Brown's car, but Brown's body has never been found.
A grand jury is meeting right now in Tallahassee to decide if there is enough evidence to indict James for murder - even without a body.
WCTV will keep you posted on its decision.


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  • by just know Location: jail on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    he was not a scary guy until i found out about his charge then couldnt sleep at night and he was my roommate sorry to peoples family put a kid with burglary charge in with a killer
  • by SadReality Location: NotTally on Oct 18, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    I think it's amazing that my comments never show up on here. the pro black comments happen to remain. i am so tired of the communist filtering. freedom of speech is a joke in the united states nowadays. rot in hell jr. and your family too because i know all ya'll know what happend to our danielle. jr's mother: you need to tell you idiot son to speak up so we can at least have her body. give him death and maybe he'll talk to save his skin.
  • by Michelle Jefferson a.k.a Big Cuz Location: Still Missing You on Aug 23, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    I am very happy that the grand jury is charging Elijah James in the murder of my cousin Danielle Brown. It has been a long time coming.I have every confidence in the judicial system. He knows what he has done. And now it is time to pay the price for what he did to a sweet,young vivacious women who touched alot of peoples lives and who is missed alot!!!!! I pray that very soon we get the closure that we so desparately want and need. Still miss my lil cousin and will to the day I die.
  • by TU Teacher on Aug 20, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    Every other day I read about one more woman dying at the hands of a boyfriend or a husband. The statistics are heavily in the favor of the woman dying or being maimed or scarred for life. Every blue moon...a women survives. Then she becomes the bad girl because she fell for a bad boy and tried to get out. They only kill you when you try to get out. I am so sorry this child was victimized, but if she had fought back and survived...then many would be calling her a murderer. Its almost as if some would rather you die than fight for your life. Even so, I wish Danielle would have won the fight.
  • by Blown away by people's way of thinking... on Aug 19, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    To: No Justice For Black Men Are you serious right now? How ignorant are you really? WOW! You haven't a clue the evidence they have regarding the case. Simply because Mr James is black and Danielle Brown is white..you automatically turn it into a racial thing. No matter the color... the animal took a life. A life that was special to her family and friends. There does not have to be a confession in order to be charged for murder. The evidence will speak for itself during the trial. Additionally how about you get the president on the phone and get him on this.. perhaps he can speed up the process so the Brown family can watch Danielle's killer pay for what he has done! Or better yet, perhaps you would like to hire him a “good lawyer” because all he has is a public defender, as he has never had a fulltime job in his useless lifetime. Mr. James own family testified against him just yesterday. What does that say about this man? Railroaded? That is comical at best. I hope he gets exactly what he deserves.
  • by HMA on Aug 19, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    Elijah is a good boy. He is trying to turn his life around. He lives all of his illegitimate children. This is not his fault. The Ku Klux Klan killed her in order to frame Elijah. Seriously, No Justice For Black Men: If you really believe the things you posted; you are an idiot. The "victim" mentality hurts all "black" people. Until we begin to take responsibility for our actions, things will only get worse. From what I've read, this guy was a career criminal, uneducated and he fathered multiple illegitimate children who are most likely a burden on the taxpayers. BTW, I'm African American. I bet you still think O.J. is innocent.
  • by david Location: thomasville on Aug 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    i will donate the rope and tree for this scumbag. this is taking way to long.
  • by downsouth on Aug 19, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Posted by: No Justice For Black Men on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:43 AM What? He burned her car for what reason then?
  • by HAHAHA on Aug 19, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    To No Justice For Black Men on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:43 AM: Are you serious??? Omg you're an idiot!!!!
  • by TeeHee on Aug 19, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    Go ahead and start that oil for that fryin'! YeeHawwwww!!!!
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