NEW CASTLE, Pa.—A Lawrence County man serving time in prison now faces charges in connection with a 30-year-old cold case killing, and investigators suspect he may be involved in at least eight six more deaths.
State troopers say 59-year-old Regis Andrew Brown was charged Wednesday for the 1988 fatal shooting of 45-year-old Bryce Kenneth Tompkins of New Castle. Tompkins had been shot twice in the back. His body was found in the Neshannock Creek in three decades ago.
Brown was arrested earlier this year for allegedly murdering his wife and stepdaughter in Erie County in March. They say Brown confessed to the 1988 killing during a recent interview with investigators. They also say he’s a strong suspect in at least six other murders in western Pennsylvania from 1986 to 2016.