$6 Million Bail for Suspect in Brooklyn Park Triple Homicide
The man accused of killing a woman and her elderly parents at a Brooklyn Park daycare made his first appearance in court to face three murder charges. The judge set bail for 34-year-old Eddie Matthew Mosley at $6 million.
Eddie Matthew Mosley, 34, of St. Louis, was being held on three counts of intentional second-degree murder for the April shooting deaths of DeLois Brown, 59, and her parents, James Bolden, 82, and Clover Bolden, 81. The victims had been shot multiple times inside Brown's home in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb.
Police allege that Mosley was looking for a teenage girl who had accused him of rape, and that he intended to kill her. They said Mosley believed the girl was staying with Brown before she went to school. But the girl was no longer going to the house, where Brown operated a home daycare, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities said Mosley knew all three victims. The Boldens were found dead on a bed, and Brown was found leaning over the bed, clutching her father. Investigators believe that Mosley held a gun against their heads or faces and shot each victim multiple times. A toddler who Brown was watching wasn't injured.
Authorities said they got a call about 6:30 a.m. on April 9 from a woman who had dropped off her toddler at Brown's home for daycare. The woman noticed a man on a bicycle was about to ride into Brown's driveway but rode away when she went to the house, according to the complaint.
Worried, she called Brown. She heard a struggle and Brown say "stop," the complaint said. The woman told investigators that she went back to the house and saw the man leave, put something in his jacket and ride off. She followed him until he went out of sight, then returned to the house and found the bodies, the complaint said. The woman's child wasn't hurt.
Authorities said Monday that Mosley became a suspect shortly after the slayings. Police used information from cell phone towers to track Mosley from Brooklyn Park to St. Louis. They also spoke to a witness who drove with Mosley and told police he saw Mosley's face covered in blood.
Mosley was brought to Hennepin County from Wright County. He was in Wright County to face a charge of criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of a girl who was 14 at the time.
According to the criminal complaint in the murder case, Mosley knew the girl and her mother, and knew that the girl had gone to Brown's house before school. The girl's mother told police that in the days before the killings, she received calls and texts from Mosley indicating she needed to make the rape charge "go away."
The woman refused. She told police that Mosley did not know her daughter had recently stopped going to Brown's house each morning.
"We believe his motive was to ... kill the victim so she could not testify against him," Brooklyn Park Police Lt. Eric Nelson said. When asked if Brown and the Boldens also were targets, Nelson said: "We can only speculate as to who he intended to kill when he got to the residence."
Family members and friends said Brown's husband, Joseph, died of pneumonia in February, and her parents had just moved to Minnesota so Brown could help care for them. James Bolden had diabetes and used a wheelchair.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)