Daniel Brown Will Stand Trial For Murder Of Norwich Woman

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 5, 2007 at 7:26 PM EDT

Danielle Edwards says she supports her father, Daniel Brown, as he left his felony hearing in Norwich City Court.

He's accused of killing his property manager 45 year old Tammy Periard.

"He always said he liked his landlord. He didn't have no problems with her," says Edwards.

Other family members aren't so supportive.

"He's evil. He's always been evil."

Either way, a judge says there's enough evidence for Brown to stand trial on the 2nd degree murder charge.

Two investigators from the Norwich Police Department testified.

They say Brown called police after Periard was reported missing.

He led them to her body inside his apartment.

Police say Brown thought he would get the 10 thousand dollar reward offered to find Periard.

In court, one of the officers testified that Brown said investigators would find a 30 inch stick in the backyard of his Henry Street Apartment.

Allegedly, Brown said he used the stick to hit Periard in the head.

Police say Brown also told them he dragged Periard's body in his apartment with a cord around her neck.

The autopsy shows Periard was beaten and strangled to death.

Police say Brown was blurting out statements while at the station, even when he wasn't being questioned.

He allegedly said Periard was a nice person, just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Defense attorney John Cameron asked twice to throw out the murder charge, but the judge said no.

The case now heads before a grand jury.

"There's a grand jury at the end of the month. Let the grand jury make their determination," says Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride.

A determination of whether Brown should be indicted for murder.

Earlier this week, McBride said he might ask for the state's highest charge of 1st degree murder, but wouldn't comment further.

Among other statements police say they heard, that Brown was having a fight in his head between an angel and devil.

Brown is being held in Chenango County Jail without bail.

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