A Lakewood man, Leonard J. Williams, was fatally stabbed and beaten by a teenager on July 31. The 17-year-old suspect, Brodey Drew Brownell, recorded part of the attack and taunted Williams before dragging his body into a dumpster enclosure. Brownell has been charged with first-degree murder and his bail has been set at $1.5 million. The police identified Brownell with the help of witnesses and surveillance footage. Prior to the incident, the apartment complex where the crime occurred had been a frequent source of 911 calls due to wild parties, weapons, and underage drinking. Craig Sailor reported
A 64-year-old man from Lakewood, who was allegedly stabbed and beaten by a teenager on July 31, has been identified. Leonard J. Williams succumbed to multiple sharp and blunt-force injuries, as determined by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death has been classified as a homicide.
Brodey Drew Brownell, a 17-year-old, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in connection with Williams’ death. According to court records, the teenager recorded part of the attack at an apartment complex. The charging documents filed in Pierce County Superior Court state that Brownell taunted Williams while assaulting him in the early hours of July 31, ultimately fatally stabbing him and disposing of the body in a dumpster enclosure. Judge Grant Blinn set Brownell’s bail at £1.5 million.
Sgt. Charles Porche, spokesperson for the Lakewood Police Department, confirmed that Williams was a resident of the apartment complex.
During the investigation, it was discovered that an upstairs apartment, located 75 feet away from the crime scene, had been the subject of numerous 911 calls in recent weeks. Complaints included reports of rowdy parties, weapons, and underage drinking.
Witnesses and surveillance footage from a resident’s camera aided the police in identifying Brownell as a suspect. Charging papers allege that Brownell showed a video of himself stomping on the victim’s head to at least two individuals.
Craig Sailor, a writer, editor, and photographer for The News Tribune since 1998, has contributed to this article. With prior experience at The Olympian and other newspapers in Nevada and California, Sailor holds a journalism degree from San Jose State University..