Man Accused of Encasing Body in Concrete Arraigned

Man charged with killing 80-year-old man, encasing body in cocoon

A man charged with killing and encasing an 80-year-old man in concrete was arraigned Monday.

Thomas Brooks, 39, pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the case.  Brooks also faces a special-circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain, which gives prosecutors the option of seeking his execution if he is convicted.

He was being held on $3 million bail.

According to police, Brooks is accused of killing Edward Clayton Andrews, 80, of Riverside, then encasing his remains in concrete. The concrete was then placed in a North Park back yard in the 3400 block of Alabama Street. 

Homicide detectives found Andrews' body wrapped in plastic and encased in a concrete shell. Asphyxiation was ruled to be the cause of death.

Police allege Brooks withdrew almost $92,000 from the victim's bank account after he went missing.

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