A local man who allegedly shot and killed his wife and step-daughter in Oct. will have his first appearance in court Monday, but officials have not yet confirmed whether or not they will seek the death penalty.

Duane Bryan Brookins, 34, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of aggravated stalking, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of cruelty to children in the shooting deaths of his wife, Suzanne McDade Brookins, 44, and his step-daughter, Samantha Giles, 15, said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 14 at the family home at 251 Merry Drive.

Brookins’ case is scheduled to go before a grand jury on Jan. 9, but the preliminary hearing Monday will not affect his scheduled indictment, Bradley said.

“It’s just an opportunity for us to lay out the basics of the case for the judge early-on,” Bradley said. “(We’re) making sure all the rights of the defendant are prepared.”

Brookins, who is currently represented by public defender John Bradley, had a lengthy criminal record before the incident in Oct.

In the week following his arrest, Brookins was described by Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee as a “glaring example” of a repeat offender who always returns to the same types of behavior.

Prior to the incident, Brookins had been arrested approximately 15 times dating back to 1989 and charged with various criminal offenses, some of which included criminal trespass, violation of parole and probation, simple battery and simple assault, terroristic threats, obstruction of an officer and receiving stolen property.

Brookins has also spent time in state penitentiaries, detention centers and diversion centers throughout his adult life, Massee said.

Brookins is currently being held at the Baldwin County Jail.

Jim Brock can be reached at (478) 453-1456 or at newsroom@unionrecorder.com

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