Montgomery Men Charged with Murder Related to Victim


By Heather VacLav

Montgomery police arrested three men in the city's 23rd homicide and say all of them were related to the victim. Officers believe the victim, 54-year old Thomas Bracknell, was killed as a result of an ongoing family dispute.

MPD detectives arrested Mitchell Bracknell, 31, Brandon Bracknell, 18 and William Kyle Richards, all of Montgomery, Wednesday and charge each with one count of capital murder.

Police believe the men killed Bracknell with blunt force trauma to his head and body, then wrapped him in bed sheets and hid his body in the storage shed behind his home.

Neighbors tell Alabama News Network they last saw the victim Monday night hosting a party at his house with friends and family. 

"Tommy was a good dude, he was real nice and quiet to people, he didn't really bother anybody," said one male neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, but called "Tommy" his friend.

The neighbor said the victim constantly fought with his family, especially after his mother, who he lived with, died Saturday.

"I mean it still doesnt mean that it's a just cause for murder does it?" the man said, exhaling a drag from a cigarette.

Other neighbors said us they called the police dozens of times over the past year, after seeing fighting or suspicious activity at the victim's home on McCarter Street.

"Like your information, we knew that there were issues at that residence," said Chris Murphy, Montgomery's Director of Public Safety.

And when asked about these "issues", Murphy called them "criminal activity."

It was criminal activity that didn't go unnoticed by neighbors. Murphy said while police responded to many calls, there were not any arrests. 

However, last week, police say the victim took action to protect himself against ongoing domestic problems.

"[Bracknell] signed a warrant on an individual the week before through a minor assault, [he was] cut with a knife," Director Murphy said.

Neighbors say the warrant was issued against Bracknell's nephew, who police say was behind bars during his murder and ruled out as a suspect.

This afternoon, the victim's mother's family was boarding up the home where they both lived. They said they want to move past the deaths, sell the home, and move on with their lives.

Police say the three murder suspects are the only suspects in this case. They are all being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 

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