Former NFL defensive back Sergio Brown was arrested this week on a murder charge from Chicago, Illinois for his own mother. The Brown case has two very interesting issues that normally don’t come up in routine practice.

Background on the Case

Brown and his mother lived together in a home outside of Chicago. In September of 2023, the body of Brown’s mother was found in Illinois. She died from assault. Both Brown and his mother were missing for days before her body was found. Media outlets had no report on Brown other than he was a missing person. I found that last part odd. Was Brown dead? Had it been a double homicide? What was the motive? Or, was Brown the killer and authorities did not release any details on the issue so Brown would get comfy somewhere and the authorities could swoop in and get him? I waited, and the media was unusually silent.

But, in the middle of September 2023, Brown appeared on multiple social media outlets in Mexico, living there and partying. He did not acknowledge his mother’s death in any of the posts. Obviously, he was alive.

In early October 2023, Brown was captured in Mexico and extradited to San Diego, California. He will be extradited to Illinois in short order.

A request to Mexico under the United States/Mexico Extradition Treaty must be approved by the United States Department of Justice and tendered by the Department of State. An entire body of law exists on extraditing fugitives from Mexico to the United States. Here, Brown was caught in Mexico, meaning authorities were tracking him for many weeks to arrange his capture. Therefore, this was a much deeper investigation than has been revealed to the public.

Legal Analysis

A big issue here in his defense will likely be that he was in Mexico and didn’t know his mother was dead, but if they lived alone together, logic and reason tell us he would have checked in on her by phone, text, or email, so he should have known she was missing. Further, eventually, when the report came out that they were both missing on media outlets, he should have called the police in Illinois to say he was traveling in Mexico. The lack of action on his part will make his defense difficult. I’m waiting to learn about the investigation by local police to link him to the killing.

Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire, is an experienced and successful criminal defense and civil rights attorney. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with significant experience before juries and judges. Brian understands civil rights cases, including Taser, Wrongful Death, Excessive Force, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Malicious Prosecution, Monell Claims, Sexual Assault, Prisoner’s Rights, Time Credit, Medical Malpractice, and Medical Indifference.