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Two teens arrested in murder of man involved in Oregon cult-like group

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department has announced that two teens have been arrested and are suspects in the murder of 52-year-old Brian Brinson. Devante Lamar Jones, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Monday.

Brinson was found dead just after midnight Sunday morning in his 1995 Mercedes after reports of gunshots in the area of Avenue L and 24th Place. Police say Brinson had been shot at least one time in the torso.

Police say Brinson had just recently moved to the Wilson area.  As to why he was in Lubbock Saturday night into Sunday morning, they could not say.  They did tell us that some of Brinson's property was taken and that the motive behind the killing appears to be robbery.  Captain Greg Stevens also says that Brinson knew both suspects, but how well is still under investigation.

"I wouldn't call it totally random.  How well they knew him or how long they have known him, that's still part of the investigation, but they did not just meet him, and they did not just find him happenstance," Stevens said. 

As we first told you Sunday, Brinson has a criminal past that involves the death of a young girl involved in a cult-like organization.  Police say that history does not appear to have played a role in his killing.

"A couple of people have asked if it was retaliation, if it was anything like that.  So far, there's nothing that we're looking at there, but I want to leave that wide open for down the road," Stevens said. 

KCBD NewsChannel 11 has looked into Brinson's past, and found he was part of a cult-like religious group in Oregon, and that is where he spent time behind bars for the death of a little girl.

Twenty one years ago, Brian Brinson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in beating 8-year-old Dayna Broussard to death. Official records say that braided electrical cords, plastic pipes and hoses were used to beat the girl. Dozens of kids were forced to watch and count the blows.

He was part of the controversial Ecclessia Athletics Association. Staying in a rural farmhouse in Oregon, the group kept to themselves and were often called a cult because of founder Eldrige Broussard's intense views.

It was Broussard's daughter who Brinson was charged with beating to death, a death that caught national attention and a spot on Oprah.

Broussard pleaded to the judge to let Brinson and the others go, but the girl's death prompted a massive investigation involving the FBI and leading to 53 children being taken into custody by the state while violations of child slavery laws surfaced. Brinson was released on parole after 12 years. One year later, he was sent back to prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Brinson's home address is still not known, however, the sex offender's registry lists Wilson, Texas and his driver's license says he lives in Midland. For some reason, after his dark past, Brinson ended up dead in Lubbock. Police are still looking to find answers.

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