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Columbus police officer arrested, joins brother in jail

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James Brock (Source:  Muscogee County Jail) James Brock (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
Mitchell Brock (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Mitchell Brock (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
Victim Tyesha McNair Victim Tyesha McNair
Victim Terrence Clark Victim Terrence Clark

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Two brothers are facing charges in connection with a double murder in Columbus.

James Brock and his brother, Mitchell Brock, were indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury Tuesday.

James is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and theft by receiving stolen property.

Mitchell, who Columbus Police officials confirm is a patrol officer for the department, is charged with criminal attempt to commit influencing a witness and two counts of influencing a witness. he turned himself in to Columbus Police Tuesday afternoon shortly after his indictment.

According to the indictment, James Brock shot Tyesha McNair seven times with a stolen .45 caliber pistol back on October 13, 2009, killing her. The document also states he shot Terrence Clark five times with the same gun, the same day, killing him.

Tyesha McNair was James Brock's ex-girlfriend and Terrence Clark was McNair's friend. They were both found dead at the Crystal Court Apartments- McNair's body was found inside the apartment and Clark was found outside. McNair's family members told WTVM she was getting ready to move back home to Kansas at the time of the killings and Clark was helping her move.

As for his brother, the indictment states Mitchell Brock threatened to hurt a witness in the case, driving by their house and making a shooting motion with his hand towards the witness and the witness' family members in their direct view.

The document also states Mitchell called IHOP to inquire about an employee who is another witness in the case, saying he was a member of the Georgia Police Department conducting an investigation.

James Brock is being held in the Muscogee County Jail, where he has been for the past year since the murders.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren says, within the past month, Mitchell Brock was put on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the Grand Jury investigation.

Boren says he still has to decide what administrative action will be taken against him.

Mitchell Brock was hired by the Columbus Police Department in January of 2009. He has been booked into the Muscogee County Jail.

Prosecutors say the brothers should be arraigned two weeks from Friday and the case will be placed on a trial calendar soon after that.


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