Holiday Island man arrested, charged with murder

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Gabriel Brotherton

A Holiday Island man was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 10, in connection with the death of another man.

Gabriel Brotherton, 26, was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

Carroll County Sheriff Jim Ross said in a news release Thursday that county dispatchers were notified of a possible deceased person in the yard of a residence on Apache Drive in Holiday Island. A responding officer found Richard Brotherton in the yard of the residence with “multiple knife wounds.”

“Further investigation found the suspect, Gabriel Brotherton, was still on scene and was shortly taken into custody by Carroll County Deputies,” the news release says. “Gabriel Brotherton was transported to the Carroll County Detention Center where he was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree. The Carroll County Sheriffs Office is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Arkansas State Police.”

The news release does not elaborate on the relationship between Gabriel and Richard Brotherton.

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 says the deputy was dispatched to the same residence on Apache Drive where Richard Brotherton’s body was discovered Wednesday.

A man at the scene, whose name is redacted from the affidavit, told the deputy that Gabriel Brotherton — his son — 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.

Gabriel Brotherton appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey 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. 2 incident were filed Wednesday — the same day Richard Brotherton’s body was discovered.

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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