Top stories: Holiday Island man arrested in murder of his father

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Gabriel Brotherton

Gabriel Brotherton, 26, of Holiday Island, was arrested Nov. 10, after he allegedly admitted stabbing his father to death.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by investigator Bobby Engles of the Carroll County Sheriffís Office, deputies were dispatched to an address on Apache Drive in Holiday Island just after 7 a.m. Upon arrival, the deputies found the body of Richard Brotherton in the front yard of the residence and Engles observed blood on Brothertonís face and upper body and apparent stab wounds to his head and neck.

Englesí affidavit notes that deputies had been called to the residence several times for domestic disturbances involving Richard Brotherton and his son, Gabriel.

There was also a no-contact order in place against Gabriel Brotherton because of a previous altercation.

After Richard Brothertonís body was discovered, deputies attempted several times to talk Gabriel Brotherton into exiting the residence, the affidavit says. Officers with the Tri-City Special Response Team then arrived on scene and entered the main floor of the home, according to the affidavit. Gabriel Brotherton attempted to exit the bottom floor of the residence, the affidavit says, and was located by Carroll County deputies and taken into custody.

According to the affidavit, Gabriel Brotherton told Engles that he and his father had a verbal argument and his father assaulted him. Gabriel Brotherton told Engles that he stabbed his father with a black-handled knife with a black blade and then placed the knife in his bedroom, the affidavit says. Investigators found the knife, with what appeared to be blood on it, on a bedside table in Gabriel Brothertonís bedroom.

A month before the death of Richard Brotherton, Gabriel Brotherton had been arrested and charged with terroristic threatening and third-degree assault on a family or household member and had been released on bond from the Carroll County Detention Center on Oct. 22.

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