Crime & Courts

Arrest made in death of south Charlotte man

Police have charged a man in the death of Alva Richard Brewer, whose body was found last month in a house in south Charlotte that contained explosive devices.

Douglas Allen Hoyt, 41, turned himself in at police headquarters last week and remains jailed on a charge of murder.

Police haven’t released any details about a motive in the killing. Investigators also haven’t said how many explosive devices were found, although neighbors and media reported as many as seven pipe bombs were recovered.

Neighbors said Brewer, 65, was a quiet house painter who cared for his ailing sister. They said they were shocked to see police removing explosive devices from the home.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers were called to the house in the 1000 block of North Sharon Amity Road shortly before 3 p.m. March 17, after a friend discovered Brewer’s body.

While officers were in the house, they reported finding “suspicious items” that appeared to be homemade explosive devices.

Police evacuated nearby homes and called in the bomb squad. Investigators said the suspicious-looking devices were moved to another location.

Residents were permitted back into their homes about 4 a.m. the next day, and nearby roads were reopened.