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Attorney calls on US Marine deserter to turn himself in

ROANOKE (AP) An attorney who could represent a U.S. Marine deserter wanted for questioning in a murder case is asking for the man to surrender peacefully.

Deborah Caldwell-Bono of Roanoke has agreed to represent 22-year-old Michael Alexander Brown, news outlets reported.

Brown’s mother Vanessa Hanson stated in a criminal complaint that she witnessed her son fatally shoot her boyfriend, Rodney Wilfred Brown, earlier this month at a home in Hardy.

Roanoke police chief Tim Jones said investigators believe Brown was sighted trying to contact his mother and grandmother Nov. 14 in Roanoke. He had deserted his post at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina last month.

Caldwell-Bono said she doesn’t know where Brown is and hasn’t spoken to him. She says she talked to some of his friends, who asked her to represent him.

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