Is This The Man Who Buried John Glasgow?

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 12:00 am  

Jon Brawner, shown in a photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction, masterminded the attempted kidnapping of his former employer and claims that he helped bury the body of missing construction executive John Glasgow.

With Brawner lined up as a witness against them, the Newkirks and Sharpe all subsequently made plea deals as well.

Tiffany Newkirk drew a 24-month sentence for theft of property, served eight months in the Community Corrections program in 2010 and was discharged from parole on July 31, 2011, exactly two years after the crime. Sharpe got a 36-month sentence and was confined from November 2010 to August 2011. She is still on probation.

David Newkirk, who ran when the bullets started flying, went down hardest. He drew a 20-year sentence for attempted capital murder and attempted kidnapping. He's in the Varner Unit and won't be eligible for parole for another eight years.

Where the Body's Buried
The first time Frank Shaw interviewed his client to prepare his defense in the Daven kidnapping case, Jon Brawner mentioned in passing that he knew where a body was buried. But it didn't have anything to do with the charges against him, so Shaw said he concentrated on the job at hand.

Shaw's defense strategy resulted in Brawner being the first of the four co-defendants to get out of prison, but he wasn't free for long. In October 2010, he was arrested and charged with stalking Renea, who had divorced him by then.

Brawner couldn't raise $50,000 bail and was held in the Faulkner County jail pending his trial in April, and he's been there since the jury convicted him. On the witness stand against her former husband, Renea Brawner said, "He told me that he had helped a friend of his in Little Rock bury a body before."

"That was said in open court," Shaw said last week, "so he decided he was ready to talk to law enforcement" about his knowledge of the unsolved disappearance of John Glasgow.

And yes, he expects some consideration in return for his help; Brawner's sentencing on the stalking charge has been postponed until March.

"There's no firm deal in place, but nobody gives something for nothing," Shaw said.

According to Shaw, Brawner told Little Rock police detectives  that acquaintances to whom he owed money had pressed him into helping bury the body of John Glasgow in a bean field near England in Lonoke County. During the summer growing season, Shaw said, a small portion of the field was searched, but a thorough search using soil-penetrating sonar-type equipment is planned now that the field has been harvested.

Brawner has told his lawyer and investigators the names of the people he allegedly helped to bury Glasgow on the day he was last seen leaving his Little Rock home, Jan. 28, 2008.

No one that Arkansas Business has talked to - not Shaw, not Daven, not Glasgow's brother Roger - knows of any connection between Brawner and John Glasgow. But Jim Daven, who knows exactly why he was targeted for abduction and possibly murder, doesn't believe Brawner's claim that he was only involved after the fact.

"If I were a betting man, I'd lay money on the table that he's a major player," Daven said last week.

The only thing surprising about Brawner's alleged involvement in one of the most high-profile cases in Arkansas, Daven said, is how long Glasgow's disappearance has remained a mystery.

"I didn't think he was the caliber who could do anything like this - or not as successfully as it was done," he said.



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