St. Joseph County police identify suspect in fatal shooting of former Niles resident

Published 4:04 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — After more than a week of investigating the death of former Niles resident, Avery Christopher Brown, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday that they are searching for the man believed to be responsible for his death.

Timothy Marcus Mayberry, 33, has been charged with murder and a firearm sentencing enhancement, which is the act of knowingly or intentionally using a firearm.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, probable cause was found and an arrest warrant order issued; he was ordered to be held without bond.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred early on the morning of Sept. 21. Mishawaka Police were dispatched to Bleachers Bar for a shooting around 2:17 a.m. On arrival officers found many people leaving the area of the bar, and Brown in the area of the restroom at the back of the bar.

Brown was pronounced dead on scene shortly after. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated to investigate the case.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding Mayberry’s whereabouts is asked to please contact CMHU at (574) 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.

Police also advised that the charges filed against this defendant are merely accusations and that he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.