An Arizona man who murdered 39-year-old Allan Godfrey Jr. has been convicted of first degree murder.
On May 11, a jury found 47-year-old Dale Brewster (pictured left) guilty of the 2015 crime, and on Wednesday, Brewster’s priors conviction for Assault with a Firearm was found to be true. Brewster faces 55 years to life when he is sentenced June 22 in Victorville Superior Court.
According to Major Crimes Deputy District Attorney Justin Crocker, who prosecuted the case, the defendant beat the victim, tied him up, and put duct tape around his mouth.
“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.”
During trial it was noted that the victim had lived in a trailer on the defendant’s property in Phelan. On the morning of the murder, a former business partner came to the property to serve the victim on a small claims case.
The victim was not home but Brewster was, and he listened to all the negative things the woman had to say about the victim. Brewster immediately texted the victim and told him to come home. At 2 p.m. that same day, the victim responded and said he was home.
“The victim’s phone went offline shortly after and he was never heard from again,” said Deputy DA Crocker.
The defendant’s cell phone records from the night the victim went missing showed that Brewster traveled to the remote area of the desert where Godfrey was found buried.