A second man has been charged with
accessory to murder in the death of a gay senior who was buried in a
concrete “egg” in California, reports gay weekly Gay
and Lesbian Times.
Arlo Rene Elizarraraz, 19, of San Diego
pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of accessory to murder.
Police say he helped Thomas Jeffrey Brooks, 40, transfer a cement
“egg” that contained the remains of 80-year-old Edward Clayton
Andrews, whom Brooks has confessed killing, to its final destination:
a rock garden in the backyard of an Alabama Street house in San
Andrews was last seen at his home on
May 31 and reported missing on June 1 by family members who noticed
his gray Saturn Ion missing from his Hemet – a Riverside community
– trailer home on the 4200 block of Florida Avenue, while his cat
was left behind.
Investigators say Andrews had been one
of Brooks' “pen pals” while serving a four-year sentence in a
federal prison in Victorville on child pornography charges. Upon
leaving jail, Brooks bee-lined it to his pen pal's trailer, failing
to report to a halfway house, and the two developed a romantic
Police arrested Brooks on August 8 at a
San Diego 15th Street apartment and he was arraigned in
November. Brooks confessed to killing Andrews but would not reveal
the location of the body.
Riverside sheriff's investigators later
found that over $90,000 had been drained from the senior's bank
account. One of Andrew's neighbors said he had received a letter
purportedly written by the victim letting him know that he had gone
on vacation with Brooks to Europe and South Africa.
Elizarraraz and Brooks met on the
Internet when Brooks answered a plea for money from Elizarraraz on
CraigsList. Brooks immediately put the 19-year-old to work in a
sophisticated check forging scheme.
Brooks has said Elizarraraz was not
involved in the murder of Andrews, but police say he was deceitful in
some of his answers during a polygraph test administered on Dec. 1.
Elizarraraz has admitted to helping carry Andrew's entombed body but
says he was unaware it contained a dead body. He also says he was
present when Brooks purchased the concrete.
The two men have also been charged with
various unrelated crimes including conspiracy to commit grand theft,
burglary and numerous forgery charges.
Several boarders sharing a house on
Alabama Street in San Diego discovered Andrew's body in September
when they cracked into a large concrete “egg,” sculpted by Brooks
as the centerpiece of a backyard rock garden, to find a human foot
accompanied by the dank stench of a decomposing corpse.
Brooks allegedly asphyxiated Andrews,
wrapped him in a purple blanket and plastic tarp, secured by duct
tape and chicken wire, then entombed his remains in the concrete
The roommates said they opened the
concrete tomb because they had read reports about Brooks and believed
he might have stashed some of the missing money in the concrete “egg”
he had created for their landlord.