Landlord recounts finding Evan Brewer's body in concrete structure

Published: Oct. 18, 2018 at 5:50 PM CDT
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The trial in the case of a man accused of killing a three-year-old boy entered its fourth day Thursday.

Evan Brewer's mother, Miranda Miller and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine are charged in his death.

Bodine is charged with first-degree murder in Evan's death. Miller agreed to testify against Bodine in exchange for having her charge of first-degree murder dropped.

The boy's body was found inside a concrete structure in September of 2017.

Miller agreed to testify against Bodine in exchange for having her charge of first-degree murder dropped. The images and video accompanied testimony from the landlord who described finding the concrete structure with Evan in it. The landlord made the initial discovery and called police who confirmed the worst; that Evan's body was inside.

The boy's family members were emotional in the court room as the landlord described what he found.

"I'm just freaking out. It seemed like a little coffin to me," he said.

The landlord said he went to the home on South Vine to change the locks and clean up after Bodine and Miller were arrested on child-custody and assault-related charges.

He said he found the concrete structure cluttered in the laundry room.

"I needed to know what was in there, so I went to Harbor Freight and I bought a sledge hammer and came back," the landlord said. "And I was praying to God that Evan wasn't in there."

A Wichita police officer also testified that the structure was X-rayed to determine what was inside before officers further chipped away to get to it. Eventually they found something wrapped in Ninja Turtles bedding.

"It was still wrapped in several layers in different types of bedding and towels and clothes," the officer said.

An Ace Hardware employee testified that a purchase from Miranda Miller's credit card included four 60-pound bags of concrete and other tools.

An ex girlfriend of Bodine testified that Bodine once told her he beat Evan and Miller to the point of death and brought them back by CPR. She said she also made police reports that something in the home wasn't right. This included possible abuse.

Eyewitness News will be back in Sedgwick County Court for the fifth day of Bodine's trial Friday when Miller is expected to take the stand.