An Alabama man with a history of violence has been charged with the murder of Jennette Sims Brannon, a young Tuscaloosa woman who had gone missing in early December after attending a party at her accused killer’s home.
Brannon’s body was found December 21 in an embankment behind Charles Robert Sexton’s home, where she had attended a party the night she is believed to have died. Sexton, 58, admitted to police that he had moved her body, which was found wrapped in plastic and with her wrists and ankles bound, but has not admitted to intentionally killer her. He told authorities that he and Brannon had gotten into a physical fight during which she suffered a head injury, which bled heavily. Sexton said he discovered Brannon, 30, was dead when he woke up the next morning. According to court records, Sexton gave multiple explanations for Brannon’s head injury. She was officially reported missing on December 9.
Brannon had been seen at a party at Sexton’s home prior to the December 6 gathering which ended with the fight and her death. Sexton was arrested after police interviewed him and searched his home, and has been released on $75,000 bail.
Sexton has had previous violent altercations and charged with crimes in the past, but has never served any time. In 2010, after a woman accused him of assaulting her and threatening her with a knife, he was charged with a misdemeanor and ordered to participate in a domestic violence intervention program. In 2013, he was charged with third-degree domestic violence after a woman claimed he threatened her with a knife. The case was dismissed. Another woman asked for a restraining order against him after she accused him of burning her house down and making threatening phone calls in 2012, but later withdrew the request. In 2015, Sexton was accused of threatening a man with a knife, but the case was dismissed when the accuser did not appear in court. A court date for Brannon’s murder has not yet been set.
Brannon’s friends and family held a candlelight vigil for her this past Friday night. “Nobody should have to go through this, period, but over the holidays, there’s a little bit more irony invested in it,” Zachary Florence told a local news station. “You know, you’re wanting to be around the people that you love, and there’s someone missing from the table.”
Photo: Tuscaloosa Police Department