Retired Navy veteran charged with kidnapping Ashanti Billie

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Brown faces a penalty of life in prison if convicted on the kidnapping charges.

Billie, a graduate of Henry Wise High School in Prince George's County, never arrived at work and didn't attend any of her culinary classes at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

According to court documents, Brown, who spent 21 years in the Navy, worked as a day laborer and participated in the construction of the Blimpie this past summer. Her cellphone was found in a dumpster later the same day.

A criminal complaint says Billie's body was found a few hundred yards from Brown's childhood home. Then on September 29, a man called police after discovering what was later determined to be Billie's remains near a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.




The FBI, which investigated Billie's death, did not release how she died, where she encountered her killer or offer any motive in updates in the weeks after the probe began. Investigators say they believe he was homeless and lived on and off naval bases, but frequently visited the restaurant and nearby businesses. Surveillance video shows her auto driving onto the base, but she never made it to work, investigators have said. Inside, agents found Billie's trousers covered in dirt and debris. Their observations of him showed him sleeping in the Navy base's gym, acting erratically by trying to open up random cars and visiting a known prostitute at an Econo Lodge on North Hampton Boulevard, court documents allege.

The bottom of her vehicle also had dirt vegetation on it that led investigators to believe it had been taken off of the city streets.

When interviewed late last month, he claimed that he was on the base the night before the abduction, and claimed he blacked out and couldn't recall what happened for several days after, including whether he did anything to Billie.

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