Arrests made in Fourth of July murder, another suspect wanted - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Arrests made in Fourth of July murder, another suspect wanted

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Maurice Wearing is wanted in connection to a murder investigation (WFSB/State Police) Maurice Wearing is wanted in connection to a murder investigation (WFSB/State Police)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

On Monday police released more information after a man’s body was found wrapped in plastic in Hamden over the Fourth of July weekend.

Police said they have charged four people in connection with the murder, and one man is still wanted by police.

Police identified the man who was shot multiple times before his body was found wrapped in plastic in Hamden on the morning of July 4.

The body of 39-year-old Edward A. Brooks was found on the property of West Rock State Park on Wintergreen Avenue at around 11:15 a.m.

Police said Brooks lived at 59 Front Ave. in West Haven.

On Monday, police said they had arrested Christopher Miller, 40, James Bryant, 64, Natali Martinez-Sanchez, 29, and Deborah Miller, 59.

According to the chief medical examiner, Brooks died of multiple gun shots trauma to head, neck and torso. His death was ruled a homicide. According to police, there was also an explosion in the same area, which harmed the body.

Christopher Miller, a convicted felon, was charged with the murder of Brooks, who was also his roommate. Police said Brooks was shot in his home in West Haven and then taken to a rural area in Hamden where he was blown up with an explosive device.

Neighbors in the area of the explosion said it is a calm neighborhood to live in.

"Its got to be one of the calmest neighbors you ever want to live in. Just great people," said Pat Palmieri, adding that the explosion shook the house.

Investigators responded to the home on Front Avenue the following Monday to collect evidence.

Bryant and Martinez-Sanchez also lived with Brooks and were charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Christopher Miller, as well as his girlfriend Martinez and his mom Deborah Miller are also facing federal charges for drug trafficking and possession.

Police are searching for Maurice Wearing in connection to the investigation.

It is unclear what the motive was for the shooting.

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