Man once on death row faced financial problems


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte, N.C., man charged in his wife's death had been facing serious financial problems.

Family members say 62-year-old Joseph Brown hadn't been paying taxes on money he received for giving speeches against the death penalty.

Brown had been on Florida's death row for 13 years before his convictions for rape and murder were overturned in 1986. Since then, he had talked to groups about his experience.

Brown has been held in the Mecklenburg County jail on a charge of first-degree murder since his arrest on Sept. 14, a day after the death of 71-year-old Mamie Brown.

Charlotte police haven't said what was a possible motive.

A bond hearing is scheduled Wednesday.

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