Fleming indicted on murder charges

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As a formality, Escambia County Sheriffs officials have served notice to a Brewton man that a recent grand jury returned an indictment against him on murder charges.

Jonathan Brian Fleming remains in the Escambia County Detention Center facing murder charges in the shooting death of 46-year-old Angela Susan Fleming – the mother of the suspect.

The incident took place in December 2010 at the home of the two in the Damascus community.

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Since Fleming’s arrest on the evening of the homicide, he has remained in the Escambia County Detention Center where he being held without bond.

A bond of $150,000 was set shortly after the arrest however; Fleming was never released on bond. Days after bond was set, Fleming was charged with felony assault against an officer while incarcerated at the Escambia County Detention Center. That infraction resulted in his bond being revoked. He will remain behind bars until a court date has been set in the case against him.

At the time of Angela Fleming’s death, police say her body was found wrapped in carpeting on the back of her son’s truck when investigators arrived on the scene around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the victim died of an apparent gunshot wound. The suspect initially confessed to the shooting of his mother, Lambert said.
“When we arrived at the home, Mrs. Fleming’s body had been wrapped in a rug from the living room and had been placed in the back of the suspect’s truck,” Lambert said. “When he came to the door we took him into custody without incident. He admitted to killing his mother at that time.”
Lambert said officers received a tip that the incident had taken place from a caller who said Fleming had solicited help to dispose of the body.
“The caller stated that Fleming had contacted him and said that he had killed his mother and needed help getting rid of the body,” Lambert said. “Instead of helping, he made that phone call and we responded.”
The weapon believed to have been used in the shooting was found at the 805 McGowin Hill Road home near an outbuilding. A car also located on the premises was filled with clothes believed to belong to the suspect.
“We recovered a rifle just beyond the shed,” Lambert said. “The car here had clothes apparently thrown into the back. It would seem Fleming was prepared to leave the scene before any officers could arrive.”

Lambert said the victim and the suspect lived together at the home and there was no evidence anyone else was at the home at the time of the shooting.
According to reports, Jonathan Fleming had a car packed with clothes, seemingly for a getaway, and shovels ready to help dispose of a body when sheriff’s officials arrived on the scene of a homicide in the Damascus community on the night of the shooting.