'Person of interest' taken into custody in murder of 85-year-old

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis took a 'person of interest' into custody Monday in the murder of an 85-year-old Memphis man.

The woman, Pamela Fletcher, was someone whom officials said family members knew and trusted.  Fletcher was taken into custody not far from the house in which 85 year-old J.T. Brewer was beaten to death - a house his family said she frequently visited to cook and clean.

Investigators said they began looking for Fletcher over the weekend, calling her a 'person of interest' and sending out a photo to publicize.

It paid off Monday morning when she was picked up by police.

"It would be devastating to me if she did do something like that," James Williams said of the murder of Brewer, his father.  I'm putting together the program for his funeral on Saturday."

Brewer was found beaten to death Friday in his north Memphis home. A memorial now marks the spot of the neighborhood friend.

"You know, you can kind of deal with natural death, but when somebody murders somebody like that, it's just unacceptable," Williams said.

Williams said Fletcher helped his father for quite some time, including cooking, cleaning, and even picking up his prescription drugs.
"She'd been cleaning his home and taking care of him when I wasn't around or when he needed something," Williams said.

Williams lived overseas for more than two decades and moved back, in part, to build a relationship with his dad.  The possibility he was murdered by a person the family trusted makes a difficult time much worse.

"I just wish I could find out who did this, that's all. It's just devastating to me," Williams said.

In the meantime, he will try and give his father's friend the benefit of the doubt.

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