Two men accused of killing Lincoln woman extradited back to Nebraska

Published: Sep. 7, 2018 at 9:55 AM CDT
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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that two suspects arrested in Texas for the murder of a Lincoln woman have been extradited back to Nebraska.

26-year-old Damon D. Williams Jr. and 25-year-old Tawhyne M. Patterson are being lodged at the Lancaster County Jail, authorities confirmed.

The two appeared in Lancaster County court on Friday.

Williams Jr. and Patterson, as well as Dante Williams, 25, are being charged for the murder of Jessica Brandon on July 31. They are being held on a $5 million bond.

Williams Jr. and Patterson were arrested in Texas on Aug. 17, and Dante Williams was arrested in Omaha.

LSO said deputies traveled to Texas Wednesday to bring the two suspects back, and arrived Thursday following a 14-hour drive.

Police are still searching for a fourth suspect in the crime.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lincoln Police were called to 1950 Fairfield Street on July 31 shortly before 4 a.m., and discovered Brandon, 36, had been shot in the left shoulder.

Brandon was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m., the court records state.

The affidavit explains officers were met by Brandon’s significant other, Michael Robertson, who took them to her. She was found at the bottom of a set of stairs, unresponsive.

In addition to Brandon and Robertson, there were four females under the age of 16 in the home at the time of the murder, as well as a 61-year-old female.

Several individuals were found on the main floor bound with zip ties and duct tape, according to court records.

In addition, after an investigation of the crime scene, multiple pounds of marijuana and $85,000 worth of cash and marijuana edibles were located.

The court records state the marijuana and money was the likely motive for the break-in.

Court records state police were told by an informant one of the suspects said the robbery “went south” after they encountered all the people in the home.

The court records also collaborate information previously released by police, that there was an attempted break in the night before the murder occurred, which featured four suspects.

The following night, on July 31, three of those suspects came back and forced entry into the home.

Police are still searching for the fourth suspect who was present the night before the murder took place.

The court documents explain that after the murder occurred, police held a press conference and released photos of the suspects, who were caught on surveillance breaking into the home the night of the murder.

The release of the photos led to multiple tips coming into police, which eventually helped authorities identify the suspects.

One person who helped identify a suspect told police they recognized him from coverage on the 1011 News App, according to court records.

Eventually, with the help of multiple informants, police located all three suspects, leading to the arrests on August 17.

Robertson, Brandon's significant other, was also arrested for unrelated drug charges on Aug. 13.