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  • 27 November 2012, 3:03

Detroit: Man Charged With Car Boot Murders

A man has been charged with the murder of four women whose bodies were found in the boots of abandoned cars in Detroit.

James Brown, 24, has been in custody for the last six months on lesser charges while police gathered evidence against him.

The alleged victims, all apparently escorts, are believed to have visited his home just before their deaths.

Two of them, Renisha Landers, 23, and 24-year-old Demesha Hunt, were found on December 19 last year.

Six days later on December 25, police discovered the bodies of Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary, both in their 20s, in a burning car.

At least three of the women advertised themselves as escorts for hire on Backpage.com.

Police say that is how Brown first made contact with them. Phone records show their last mobile phone calls were made near his home.

Brown was arrested in May and charged with mutilating a body and arson.

Although not accused of killing the women then, officers said he was the chief suspect in the case.

Brown pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court on the murder charges.

There will be another hearing on January 9 when a judge will decide if there is sufficient evidence for Brown to stand trial.

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