Suspect in dismemberment case filed a protective order against victim two weeks before murder

Suspect called victim her 'sugar daddy'

COVINGTON, Ky. - Court documents reveal another twist in the case of a Covington man found dismembered at an apartment building.

Covington police discovered the body of 57-year-old Donnell Brown on Thursday at an apartment at 1315 Greenup Street. According to a search warrant, officers immediately noticed a torso in the bathtub. The arms, head and legs had all been removed from the torso according to the court document.

Investigators arrested three people, including a couple who lived in a nearby apartment. Austin Eash, 21, and Tiffany Herrera, 27, along with a 17-year-old male are facing charges of murder, tampering with evidence, theft and abuse of a corpse.

Court records stated Eash and Herrara cut the victim's throat, discarded physical evidence and removed property from the victim valued at more than $500.

A search warrant also stated officers found a list of items from the apartment including bleach bottles, trash bags and drug paraphernalia.

9 News has learned Herrera filed a restraining order against Brown two weeks ago. An emergency order of protection was granted to Herrera on Sept. 15. In the court document, she referred to Brown as a "friend that gave me cash (sugar daddy)".

Herrera wrote, "I have a 3 year old child. I fear for our safety. Donnell Brown has chased me with a gun, dragged me up the street by my hair. I am a heroin addict. I've been clean for 3 days and he was my supplier with money. I'm trying to quit. He stands outside my home all day and night. I had to send my child to stay with my aunt because he scares me. I have a recording of him say he will kill me and himself!"

On Friday, Brown's family gathered outside the crime scene trying to make sense of it all. Donnell Brown's daughter-in-law, Melissa Brown, disputes the claims made by Herrera. She said Donnell Brown would provide money but it was to help Herrera take care of her son. She wants the suspects to face the death penalty.

"Yeah I'm happy they are caught, but I don't feel like they are being punished. They're sitting down there still eating, sleeping in a bed, while he's not here no more, while his family is grieving that he's gone," said Melissa Brown.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said the case doesn't meet the qualifications for a death penalty case.

"Things could change but as of now it does not meet Kentucky's criteria for the death penalty. There are very specific circumstances under which we can seek the death penalty and unless something changes and additional charges are added it doesn't meet death penalty qualifications," said Sanders.

An autopsy was conducted on Friday but the results were not released. Donnell Brown's family has set up a memorial fund his name. Donations can be made at any Fifth Third Bank.


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