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SPOKANE, Wash. – Newly released court documents are giving us a better picture of what police and witnesses believe happened the night David “Brandon” Deponte was murdered on December 7, 2012.

On Monday, Spokane Police announced a charge of 1st degree murder would be referred to the prosecutor’s office for Bud Ray Brown, 31, who is already in federal custody in Florida. Police also said Alicia Sweet, 28, was arrested for 1st degree rendering criminal assistance. The Spokane Violent Gang Enforcement Team said Brown was a known gang member and court records identified Alicia Sweet as his girlfriend.

Court records show the night before his death, a woman who let Deponte stay at her home told police he had gotten into an “altercation with another person over a pair of shoes/slippers that he had taken.”

Records also show a confidential informant told police a man at another home that night “showed up with one of his home boys that threatened Deponte with a gun.” Another witness said the man was upset because Deponte was hitting on his girlfriend. That witness thought the man’s friend, later identified as Bud Ray Brown, was going to shoot Deponte, but then the two realized they’d been in prison together in Walla Walla and Brown left. The witness also said meth was smoked at the home.

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Witnesses told police Brown also had an Uzi and Mach 10 on top of the .22 caliber rifle.

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In December of 2013, Spokane detectives contacted Browne in the Florida prison where he was serving time. Brown denied knowing Deponte, and when detectives reminded him they’d been in prison together, Browne said, “I’ve done time with a lot of people.” When detectives accused him of murder, Brown denied it.

Another associate serving time told police he was at a residence with Brown when he “came into the room and told him he had just shot some dude in the face between five and nine times,” and later asked if “he had gotten rid of the .22 caliber gun.”

Brown is being extradited to Spokane from Florida and Sweet is making her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Sweet declined to speak to KHQ from the Spokane County Jail.

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