Powhatan Point Murder Suspect to Return to Belmont County

Photo by Jessica Broverman Belmont County murder suspect Meredith Broome appears Thursday in Ohio County Circuit Court.

A woman accused of using money taken from her stepfather’s bank accounts to pay another man to murder him is headed back to Belmont County to face charges.

Meredith Broome, 35, also known as Meredith McLeod, appeared Thursday before Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone and waived her right to an extradition hearing. She next will appear for arraignment in Belmont County, where authorities believe she served as an accomplice in the Nov. 18, 2013 murder of her stepfather, former Powhatan Point Mayor Marvin Brown.

Ohio County sheriff’s deputies arrested Broome on Monday on a warrant from Belmont County.

During Thursday’s proceedings, the Ohio County Prosecutor’s office provided a copy of Broome’s extradition waiver to the court. Belmont County authorities were scheduled to transport Broome Thursday afternoon.

The arrest is the first made since Brown’s death more than four years ago, when authorities found him dead after being shot in the back.

Court documents state the unidentified accomplice “implicated himself as the shooter” and revealed knowledge only available to those who were at the crime scene.

Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said he anticipates the shooter also will face charges in the case.