Man accused of killing 3-year-old Evan Brewer stands trial

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The trial for the Evan Brewer case started Tuesday afternoon. Brewer’s body was found encased in cement and buried in his mother’s home. The mother’s boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, is facing one count of first-degree murder and other charges. 

Evan Brewer’s father, Carlo Brewer, took the stand Tuesday afternoon. Evan said he confronted Evan’s mother, Miranda, about suspected abuse and then spent months trying to track down his son.  

Brewer said he started to notice bruises on Evan and after initially thinking they were normal for a toddler, he confronted Evan’s mother. 

“He was more aggressive,” explained Carlo. “He would grit his teeth and aggressively try to choke his brother.” 

Brewer said that months went by where he wasn’t allowed to see his son. 

“I started to ask neighbors if they had seen Evan,” said Carlo. 

Brewer read text messages from Bodine and Miller in the courtroom Tuesday, saying Miller did not want Carlo around Evan. 

“I will be changing Evan’s last name,” read Carlo, to the courtroom. “I’m not asking I’m telling you. Have a nice day and please don’t contact me again.”

The defense pointed out the autopsy report saying that the official cause of death is “undetermined” and that Miller preferred Evan to live with Bodine instead of his father Carlo. This topic led to arguments between Miller, Bodine and Brewer. 

“Stephen became the protector of Miranda,” said the defense attorney, Casey Cotton. “Yes, that led at times, to flare ups, dust ups, arguments with Carlo Brewer on the text messages.”

It was a tense afternoon in the courtroom. At one point Bodine’s father tried to enter the courtroom but was escorted out. Members of Brewer’s family have a restraining order against him. There was also a disruption that could be heard outside of the courtroom between Bodine’s father and law enforcement. 

Testimony continues Wednesday morning where will hear from Bodine’s daughter and Miranda Miller. 

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