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Vincent Brothers Arrives in Bakersfield, California

Aired July 11, 2003 - 19:11   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: I want to tell you about another story we've been following here, domestically, very closely, the story of Vincent Brothers, the man who was to return to Bakersfield, California today, even as police continue trying to trace his movements before, during and after the murders of his wife, children and mother-in-law. Two of the kids were his, one belonged to his wife. CNN's David Mattingly is also in Bakersfield tonight, bringing us the latest on this case and the investigation.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's not going to talk.

DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Vincent Brothers makes his first public appearance since his wife, his children and his mother-in-law were found murdered, and he's in an airport, headed back to Bakersfield, California. His attorney making clear he is not returning as a possible killer.

CURTIS FLOYD, ATTORNEY: He returns to Bakersfield, California, his home, as a grieving father, husband and son-in-law.

MATTINGLY: But on Brothers' arrival, he faces the question that drives police in calling him a suspect. Where was he when the murders took place? According to police search warrants obtained by CNN, investigators could not immediately account for his whereabouts between July 2 when he boarded a bus for the Los Angeles Airport, and July 8, when he first arrived at his mother's home in North Carolina.

That's the day the bodies were discovered, two days after the victims were last seen alive. But police say no blood evidence was found at the apartment where Brothers lived away from his family. Brothers' truck was also taken for evidence at the bus station that he departed from.

But one witness claims she saw the same truck at the victim's house the day after Brothers seemed to leave town.

In recent days, friends and family have come forward with conflicting opinions on the case, but all united in sorrow. This carwash, organized to raise money for five burials, a mother, a grandmother, and three small children.

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MATTINGLY: Bakersfield Police today also had nothing to say about this case, but something we learned in the search warrants that made this crime even more brutal than we first thought. Not only were all the victims in this case shot to death, they were also stabbed -- Anderson.

COOPER: David, the discrepancy of the dates, sort of this missing length of time, we've known this for a couple of days. I don't understand why police haven't been able to figure out his whereabouts. July 2, I guess his truck is located at the airport. I assume it's pretty easy to check flight records. Any sense of whether or not they've done that, and if they found anything?

MATTINGLY: It is easy to assume that that has happened, but police today will not confirm that what they -- what sort of progress they've actually made in this case since that search warrant first went out. That search warrant indicates, however, the state of mind they were in and why they suspected him on that day in the very first place.

Now, the one person who could shed some light on this is Vincent Brothers, and he is due back to town today, presumably sometime this evening. Police, of course, anxious to talk to him, and they've put out that invitation for him to come forward and tell them everything he knows.

COOPER: Yes, they still say he is the most likely suspect at this point. David Mattingly, thanks very much.

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