The Sanford man accused of fatally shooting his wife earlier this month appeared in Lee County Court on Friday — the same day Deana Michelle “Missy” Brown Bockes was laid to rest in a Carthage cemetery.
Brent James Bockes, 50, of the 3900 block of Lee Avenue, who was taken into custody in Rutherford County, Tennessee, was returned to Lee County late Thursday and formally charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous and felony larceny, according to a release from the Sanford Police Department.
Bockes had a first-appearance hearing Friday and is being held in the Lee County Jail without bail.
Officers were called to do a well-being check about 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 5. They found Deana Bockes, 48, dead inside the residence and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Riley missing, police said.
An Amber Alert was issued for the girl, who was believed to be with her father, while law enforcement agencies were urged to be on the lookout for the 2013 Toyota Avalon driven by Bockes.
It was about 9 p.m. that day when the Toyota was found after it was involved in an accident on Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro, police said.
Bockes ran from the scene and was arrested later at the Selected Inn Motel in Murfreesboro, police said.
Riley was found unharmed.
Deana Bockes’ funeral was held at Putnam Friends Church in Carthage. Burial in the church cemetery followed.
Bockes, a native of Hannibal, Missouri — best known as the hometown of author Mark Twain — worked at Caterpillar.
“She never met a stranger,” her obituary read. “She enjoyed baking and spending quality time with her family and friends. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.”
Family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs and for Riley, who is living with her older sister.
“Missy leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter … With little to no insurance, the family is asking for help to pay for the funeral expenses and to support Riley in whatever she may need,” the GoFundMe page reads. “As you can imagine, this is a horribly sad situation, but anything you could do to help pay for these expenses would very much be appreciated.”