Two days before police found the bodies of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter in his apartment, Brian Lamont Eggleston Jr. allegedly told an unidentified police informant he killed two people.
Eggleston told the informant that he shot them in the head, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
The grim conversation is referenced in charging documents for Eggleston. On June 29, they had an arrest warrant for the 28-year-old Parkville resident.
Baltimore County police from Baltimore City, where he was arrested on unrelated drug distribution charges June 27. That same day, city police found the bodies of Alicia Avery and her 4-year-old daughter Darry'el Parker in the apartment in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive. Avery and Parker both died of single gunshot wounds to the head. They had been missing since June 23, according to charging documents.
Investigators believe, based on the condition of the bodies, they both had been dead for several days before they were discovered.
An informant, identified in court documents only as “W-1,” told detectives in an audio and video statement that Eggleston claimed to have killed two people.
“At this time, the defendant, Brian Eggleston, told W-1 that he shot the two victims in the head,” charging documents state. “This statement is significant because no information on how the victims died or where the wounds were located was ever released to anyone, and only known to members of law enforcement and members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.”
Eggleston is alleged to have described the killings two days before police discovered the bodies, according to court records.
Eggleston is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson.
If convicted, each charge could carry the death penalty. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. July 29 at the District Court of Maryland in Towson. A public defender entered Eggleston's appearance in writing at a bail review hearing Thursday.
Avery was pregnant, according to an autopsy. A relative told The Baltimore Sun she was three months pregnant with twins. Police Chief James Johnson said in a press conference last week that Eggleston could be charged with fetal homicide.
Eggleston's last known address was the apartment in the Welcome Inn complex occupied by Avery and her daughter, according to court records. Avery, a witness in an unrelated Baltimore City case, had been placed there by city police, who were checking on her when they found the bodies.
Avery and Eggleston had a history of arguments, according to charging documents. Avery told her mother she was planning to end the relationship. The domestic arguments did not result in charges or requests for restraining orders, according to online court records.
Police learned from a relative of Avery, who lived with them, that Eggleston had threatened his girlfriend in the past, once saying that if he couldn't have Avery, then no one could, according to charging documents.
Eggleston allegedly owned a gun and once accidentally shot at Avery, barely missing her head, while at his aunt's home in 600 block of North Kenwood Avenue in East Baltimore. Police recovered the bullet, described as a “copper jacketed and lead core projectile,” believed to have been fired in that incident, according to court records.
A ballistic examination ruled that it matched the bullets used in the murders, according to charging documents.
The examiner described both samples as being “totally absent of rifling marks. In his opinion, this finding was extremely unique,” charging documents state.