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Sturgis murder suspect appears in court on embezzlement charge
CENTREVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan man charged with embezzlement and accused of murder made his first appearance in court Thursday.
Andy James Brown, 36, of Kalamazoo was arraigned in St. Joseph County District Court.
He's accused of embezzling $100,000 from David Locey, CPA in Sturgis where he was once an employee.
Locey was shot and killed yesterday and Brown has been identified as a suspect.
So why isn't he being charged for murder?
The St. Joseph County Sheriff said investigators are still waiting to get enough evidence on Brown before he's charged with murder.
But because he's considered a suspect, Brown was given a $1 million bond.
Brown was arraigned by video from the county jail, charged with one county of felony embezzlement.
Sources tell Newschannel 3 that Brown was a former employee of Locey and was recently fired.
The court appearance shed light on possible motives for the shooting.
"Count one, the prosecution alleges embezzlement of $100,000 or more. They say that being an agent, servant or employee of Locey CPA you did convert to your own use without the consent of your principal, money or personal property of your principal, having a value of $100,000 or more," said Court Magistrate Mark Books during the arraignment.
It's now day two in the investigation into the murder of David Locey, a 70-year-old businessman well known in the community.
The accountant was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in his CPA office outside Sturgis.
Authorities say he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators were still on scene Thursday collective evidence.
And not too far from there, divers searched multiple areas of the Prairie River.
Sources say they're looking for the gun used to kill Locey.
A candlelight vigil to honor Locey is being planned.
It's set to take place Saturday October 5th from 9 to 11 p.m. at Free Church Park in Sturgis.
Brown will be back in court October 15th for a pretrial conference.