Family testifies on 3rd day of trial of man accused of killing Evan Brewer

Published: Oct. 17, 2018 at 6:04 PM CDT
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The trial continues for a man accused of killing his girlfriend's three-year-old son.

Stephen Bodine is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Evan Brewer. The boy's body was found inside a concrete structure in September of 2017.

Wednesday, the third day of Bodine's trial, included more emotional testimony as family remembers their final visits with Brewer and how they were concerned that Bodine was abusing him.

In court Wednesday, Eyewitness News also learned more about how Brewer's family tried to find him before his body was found. Among those testifying was Evan Brewer's father, Carlo Brewer.

"I was doing everything I could, making reports for police, trying to get welfare checks done. I was doing anything I could," Carlo Brewer said.

Carlo Brewer wrapped up Wednesday's testimony and described the state his son was in toward the end of his life.

"Evan smelled horrible. He looked dirty, dingy," Carlo Brewer said. "He looked terrible."

Evan Brewer's aunt, Cheryl Brewer-Blanton said she noticed Evan acting aggressively toward other children. She said on one occasion, he tried choking a little girl.

"I immediately called his dad and let him know," she said. "I called my sister to let her know that something else was going on at that house and I told Carlo he needed to ask (Evan's mother, Miranda Miller) what was going on. If she needed help, we could get help."

Family members say they staked out the house on South Vine where Evan Brewer lived with his mother and Bodine, looking for any sign of Evan. Video taken by Carlo Brewer's wife shows an incident where they say Bodine forced them off the property with a hatchet.

Evan Brewer's family members say they plan to sit through the entire trial to get justice for the child.