Suspect faces obstruction charges


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Meredith Broome, who allegedly planned the murder of the former mayor of Powhatan Point, is facing arraignment today on charges of obstruction and tampering with evidence.

Broome, aka Meredith McLeod, 35, is not facing a murder charge in Belmont County Common Pleas Court related to the death of Marvin Brown at this time. Belmont County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said the investigation will continue.

“We moved forward with presenting information to a grand jury,” said Flanagan. “However, thus far, they have returned indictments for obstruction and tampering. No murder indictment to date.”

Broome, who has a Georgia address and was Brown’s stepdaughter, was arrested in West Virginia in March and extradited to Belmont County before being released on bond. But in late May, she was jailed again after failing a drug test as part of her supervised released.

Meanwhile, Steven Andrew Moore — the man who officials believe to be Brown’s killer — is looking at a trial date of July 30. Moore, 38, of 5495 Cove Road, Powhatan Point, was arraigned June 4 and faces charges of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary with a firearm specification.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Moore implicated himself while in jail and facing unrelated charges of drug trafficking.

Broome has been accused of paying Moore $12,000 to kill Brown in 2013. She was arrested as a result of new information that came to light when an alleged accomplice implicated himself as the trigger-man and related information about the crime scene, according to the prosecutor’s office. He also gave authorities information about a gun Broome allegedly provided for the murder. That gun matches the description of one that had been owned by Brown that has never been located. Officials have not indicated if anyone else will be charged.

Court documents allege that Broome’s mother, Deborah Doty Brown, who is also Brown’s widow, withdrew money from accounts owned by her husband and/or his business. Authorities believe the gunman was paid with those funds. Deborah Brown was sentenced in May 2015 to one to three years in prison for theft and tampering with evidence.

Brown, who died in 2013 after being shot from behind, served as the Powhatan mayor from 1984-85. He also owned and operated Powhatan Construction Co. and was a subcontractor for other local businesses.