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Man convicted in deaths of ‘two nice guys’

October 13, 2010

Indianapolis Star

Written by
Tom Spalding and Jon Murray

Milton Lindgren Jr. and his partner. Eric Hendricks, died, a family member said, because they had money and Michael L. Brown wanted it.

Friday, a Marion County jury convicted Brown, 58, of two counts of murder in the men’s deaths nearly two years ago.

Sentencing will be Oct. 13, said Marion County deputy prosecutor Greg Spencer. Brown faces 45 to 65 years on each count.

Lindgren’s nephew, Michael Brandvold, Sausalito, Calif., said by phone after the guilty verdict that the family now has closure but will never fully heal from the crime.

“Why would Milt and Eric, two nice guys . . . why did this one guy target them and take advantage of their goodness?” Brandvold said. “It was a guy who found two people with kind hearts and tried to take advantage of them.”

Lindgren, 70, and Hendricks 73, were found Oct. 20, 2008, inside their home in the 9100 block of Middlebury Way on Indianapolis’ Southwestside.

Brown was arrested in California a month after the killings.

He was one of two men who discovered the victims’ bodies. But he wasn’t arrested until police had pieced together a circumstantial case showing Brown had used Hendricks’ credit cards to purchase furniture and other items and had changed Hendricks’ mailing address in the months before the killing.

At the time, prosecutors said Brown might have killed the victims to silence them after his fraud was discovered.

Another key piece of evidence in the trial was the testimony of a jail inmate who wrote a letter to police reporting detailed information connecting Brown to the case.

 

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