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Investigators: Teen admits beating Munford couple to death with baseball bat

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COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Tipton County teen admitted to investigators that he beat an elderly couple to death with a bat, a TBI agent testified Monday.

As his victims' family members walked into the front door of the Tipton County Justice Complex, 16-year-old Jacob Brown was led in from the back of the court room, wearing shackles.

District Attorney Mike Dunavant listed the charges against Brown.

"Two counts of premeditated first degree murder, and two counts of felony first degree murder," Dunavant said.  Brown also faces a charge of aggravated burglary.

During Monday's hearing, prosecutors put TBI agent Mark Reynolds on the stand.  Reynolds was the investigator who questioned Brown about the murders of Ed Walker and his wife, Bertha.

According to Reynolds, Brown confessed to beating the Walkers to death with a baseball bat. Reynolds said that a day after the Walkers were killed, Brown was arrested at a motel in Millington.

"This was good police work," Dunavant said. "We are happy and pleased that we have been able to charge this person and begin the process of holding him accountable."

According to Reynolds, Brown said that before the murders he had been in the Walkers' house using the bathroom.  He apparently left, and later came back with a baseball bat hidden under his coat.

Reynolds said Brown did not give a reason for the attack, other than to say he was angry.  Prosecutors hope to try Brown as an adult, but he must first undergo a mental evaluation.

Dunavant said the murders have taken a toll on the Walker family.

"We are keeping them informed of the status of the proceedings," he said. "We certainly are sensitive to their grief, and this is devastating and overwhelming to them.

A large number of the Walkers' relatives were in the courtroom for Monday's hearing, but declined making an on camera comment.

Brown is in custody of Shelby County's Juvenile Court, because Tipton County does not have a juvenile facility.

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