VICTORVILLE – An Arizona man who previously lived in Phelan was convicted of first-degree murder on Friday, May 11, 2018, for the 2015 murder of Allan Godfrey Jr., 39, of Phelan. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Brewster’s prior conviction for Assault with a Firearm was found to be true.
Prosecutors said that Dale Brewster, 47, beat, tied up, and put duct tape around the mouth of Godfrey. “He then strangled the victim to death and buried him in the desert fourteen miles from the defendant’s home,” said Deputy DA Crocker. “Eight months later, the victim’s body was discovered.” Godfrey lived in a trailer on Brewster’s property. Throughout the community, there were those who loved Godfrey and those who disliked Godfrey; some even openly wishing harm on him on social media posts.
On the day he was murdered, according to court records, a former business partner of Godfrey’s went to serve him with small claims papers. Godfrey was not home, but Brewster was so he had a conversation with the woman, who had negative things to say about Godfrey. Brewster sent a text message to Godfrey telling him to go home, at 2:00 p.m. he arrived home. “The victim’s phone went offline shortly after and he was never heard from again,” said Deputy DA Crocker. Godfrey was reported missing on April 18, 2015, the day after Brewster told authorities he had been involved in a physical altercation with Godfrey. He told authorities that Godfrey ran from the home, but those in the community questioned that account of what transpired that day when one of Godfrey’s boots was located near the property.
Brewster’s cell phone records which were part of the evidence in the case showed that Brewster traveled to the remote area in Llano, California, near 228th Street and Fort Tejon Road where Godfrey’s remains were found by a dirt bike rider on December 8, 2015. The bones, which were clearly sticking out of a pair of jeans and which were found near a large belt buckle were determined to be human remains. The community speculated the bones belonged to Godfrey, who was still only considered missing at that point in time. In March 2016, the bones were determined to be those of Godfrey changing the missing person investigation into a homicide investigation.
Brewster will return to the Victorville Superior Court for sentencing on June 22, 2018, and is expected to be sentenced to 55 years to life in prison. Debbie Harris was also arrested for the murder of Godfrey, but it appears according to court records, that the charges have since been dropped.
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