Prosecutors seek mental evaluation of Ashanti Billie kidnapping suspect

Eric Brown (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Federal prosecutors believe the man accused of kidnapping Ashanti Billie may not be competent to stand trial.

Ashanti Billie (Family Photo).

Prosecutors filed documents late last week requesting that Eric Brian Brown undergo a mental health evaluation. Brown, a 45-year-old retired Navy veteran, was charged last month in the kidnapping of Billie.

The 19-year-old had been found dead in Charlotte, North Carolina almost two weeks after she went missing. Brown did construction at a Blimpie where Billie worked in Norfolk, according to court records.

Prosecutors are arguing that multiple interactions Brown had with agents and others before his arrest indicated “deeply troubling statements and bizarre conduct.” Documents show prison staff have noted “unusual actions” from Brown since he was incarcerated.

A judge found probable cause in mid-November for the kidnapping case to move forward. The FBI said in court last month that Brown’s DNA matched sample’s found inside Billie’s Mini Cooper.

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