Former NFL player Sergio Brown remains jailed while awaiting trial in mom's slaying

Former NFL defensive back Sergio Brown was arrested October 10 in San Diego while re-entering the United States from Mexico. Photo courtesy of the Maywood Police Department

Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former NFL player Sergio Brown will remain behind bars without bail until his trial on charges that he killed his mother and hid her body, Circuit Court Judge Teresa Gonzalez ruled.

The 35-year-old Sergio Brown was arrested October 10 in San Diego while re-entering the United States from Mexico and was then extradited to the Chicago suburb of Maywood, where he was charged with first-degree murder and concealing the body of his mother, Myrtle Brown, the Cook County State's Attorney said.

Gonzalez said there were several factors that led to her decision to remand Brown without bail, saying the former NFL player poses a "real and present threat to the community."

Brown was in restraints and wearing red shorts and white sweatshirt during a brief court appearance on Wednesday, and spoke only to answer one question from Gonzalez.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Myrtle Brown died from injuries consistent with an assault, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to spokesperson Natalia Derevyanny.

New documents submitted this week by the office also provide new details on her death, alleging she was killed by blunt force trauma, wrapped in a sheet and left outside her home.

73-year-old Myrtle Brown was last reported seen alive about 6 p.m. on September 14 at the home she and her son shared outside Chicago, police said.

Court documents say Myrtle Brown's other son last spoke to his mother around 3 p.m. that day and said he began to worry after she stopped answering his text messages.

That son reportedly checked on the home early in the morning on September 16 but found the house empty, without any sign of forced entry, the court filing said.

Later that day, police went to search the home after relatives reported Myrtle Brown and Sergio Brown missing when they had not been able to find or contact the pair, police said.

Neighbors began searching and found Myrtle Brown's body less than 50 feet from the house.