Huntsville Police Arrest Man in May 2013 Murder of 2 Brothers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police have arrested a suspect in the year-old murder of two brothers at a local church.

Louis Anthony Jackson and Terry Bradford Jackson were found dead at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church on 9th Avenue on May 21, 2013.

Police say they received new information earlier this year that led them to identify Richard Burgin, Jr. as a suspect. They said they found evidence that confirmed he is responsible for the crimes, and obtained a warrant charging Burgin with capital murder.

Burgin was already in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections.  The Madison County Court ordered him to be brought back here to face the charge.

He was brought to the Huntsville-Madison County Metro Jail on Thursday, and will appear before a judge soon.

WHNT News 19 checked with the Alabama Department of Corrections on Thursday to see why Burgin was in prison.  He had entered state custody for a robbery conviction in September 1998, and was released on parole in November 2010.  However, he violated parole and was returned to state custody in August 2013, according to Kristi Gates, an ADOC spokesperson.

The victims

Terry and Anthony Jackson were stabbed in West Huntsville United Methodist Church as they prepared to open the food pantry.  Pastor Cheryl Blankenship said the two men enjoyed helping with this outreach service every Tuesday.  They truly loved to help people, she said.

“They were the purest form of Christians that I have ever met,” said Blankenship. “They were here cleaning the church and then getting ready to open the food pantry.”

Terry was 76 and Anthony was 69.  Terry cared for his younger brother, because Anthony had cerebral palsy.   Because of this, he had trouble walking and talking.

“The two didn’t have very much at all but anything they had they would share with someone else who needed it,” said Blankenship.

“To me they were the epitome of kindness,” said church member Linda Claunch.  “Whatever you asked them to do there was no hesitation.”

Huntsville Police have not yet released any information about evidence they have connecting Burgin to the crime.

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