One Week Later: An Arson Investigation

BRYAN - Noel Devin and her father, Mac, were remembered at a memorial hosted by the 12th man foundation on Saturday at the Zone Plaza on the A&M campus.

Their bodies were found inside Noel's Bryan home after a house fire.

It's hard to believe, but this time a week ago, their house and neighborhood was normal. And now it's a crime scene. With piles of debris and the caution tape, police are investigating the question that we're...why?

Police charged Dennis Brown the Third with arson, burglary, and unauthorized use of Noel's S-U-V. He had been released from prison 3 days before the house fire. He served 15 years in prison for Aggravated Robbery following multiple arrests in 1998 and 1999.

Police say Noel's Ford SUV was found at the El Camino Hotel in Bryan, where the owner said he saw Dennis Brown driving it into the parking lot in front of room # 18, where Brown had been staying.

Police arrested Brown that day and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His bond was set at $150,000.

Later in the week, Brown was then charged with arson and burglary of a habitation in connection with the fire at Devin's home. His bond was upped to over $1 million.

"we believe that it was an isolated incident. Now we're just proceeding with the detailed investigation and trying to line out all the details of what happened," said Kelley McKethan with the Bryan Police Department.

That's where we stand now. Two people are dead. Friends and family are mourning. Looking forward, more charges could be filed against Brown.


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