UPDATED: Holiday Island man arrested after fatherís murder

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Gabriel Brotherton

A Holiday Island man was arrested Wednesday, 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.

Richard Brotherton

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, the affidavit says.

After being transported to the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville, Gabriel Brotherton spoke with Engles again, saying he did not know how many times he had stabbed his father, the affidavit says.

According to the affidavit, Gabriel Brotherton said he watched his father leave through the front door of the house and did not check on him the rest of the night.

Gabriel Brotherton, 26, appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Friday, Nov. 12. Ramsey found probable cause to charge Brotherton with first-degree murder and set his bond at $1 million. Ramsey ordered Brotherton to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Berryville.

Jail records indicate Gabriel Brotherton was booked into the detention center on Oct. 3 on charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree assault on a family or household member.

A probable-cause affidavit written by a CCSO deputy after the Oct. 3 incident says a deputy was dispatched to the same residence on Apache Drive where Richard Brothertonís body was discovered on Nov. 10.

A man at the scene, whose name is redacted from the affidavit, told the deputy that Gabriel Brotherton ó his son ó had recently been released from a mental health facility where he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and possible schizophrenia. The man told the deputy that Gabriel Brotherton had told the man he had thought about coming into his room and slitting his throat.

Brotherton appeared before Ramsey in that case on Oct. 6. Ramsey set bond at $10,000 and ordered Gabriel Brotherton to have no contact with Richard Brotherton.

Gabriel Brotherton was released on bond on Oct. 22. Formal charges in the Oct. 3 incident were filed Wednesday, Nov. 10 ó the same day Richard Brothertonís body was discovered in his front yard.

County records indicate that Richard Brotherton purchased the home on Apache Drive in July. Voter records indicate he was 50 years old.

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