DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Chad Brogdon made his first appearance in a Dale County courtroom Friday morning, one day after being charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.
Investigators believe Brogdon is responsible for the death of a body found in a burned out vehicle under the Choctawhatchee Bridge on Highway 167 North of Hartford.
In court, investigators provided new details in the case.
They now believe that Brogdon killed his mom Penny Wilson Newton at her Level Plains home on Mother’s Day.
From there he transported the body to Geneva County.
The car was found burned with Newton’s dismembered body inside.
Investigators also say there were signs of accelerant near the burned out vehicle.
Wednesday morning Brogdon was located on County Road 41 in Geneva County by a sheriff’s deputy. He was wearing a pair of boots that matched shoe prints at the scene of the crime. They also say he smelled of smoke and had burns on his body.
Brogdon was taken to the Geneva County Jail where he was held for questioning while the investigation continued.
Investigators say they searched Brogdon’s home where carpet had been removed in one room in an unprofessional manner. There was also evidence of blood in the freezer.
Rope was also discovered in the home that matches rope at the burned out car.
Newton owned a pet which is unaccounted for at this time.
Investigators also say they’ve been able to determine that the burned out vehicle belonged to Newton.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 6 at the Dale County Courthouse.