MONROE — A Marshville man already in the Mecklenburg County jail in connection with two April 2021 Charlotte area murders, now faces charges in Union County for the murder of Joshua Tramaine Allen, age 33, whose body was found in a wooded area near Wingate on February 9, 2021, according to a report on Wednesday (June 16) from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Union County Sheriff’s detectives and agents with the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) obtained arrest warrants for Joel Isaiah Brewer, age 34, of the 2300 block of Hasty Road, Marshville, charging him with First Degree Murder, Possession of Firearm by Felon and Felony Concealment of Death by Secretly Disposing of a Human Body, according to the Sheriff’s report. Authorities served Brewer with the newest charges on Wednesday morning at the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Allen was last seen alive in Marshville on January 23, 2021 and a missing person report was filed with the Marshville Police on January 25, 2021. Once Allen’s body was discovered on February 9, Union County Sheriff’s detectives and SBI agents pursued the case as a murder investigation after the Medical Examiner determined Allen died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Since Allen’s body was discovered in February, investigators have interviewed numerous witnesses, executed search warrants and pursued countless leads. Investigators were able to successfully link Allen and Brewer together on the night of Allen’s disappearance and no evidence was found that Allen was alive after his encounter with Brewer.

Brewer was previously convicted of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon in Union County for his role in a 2011 botched robbery resulting in the shooting death of an accomplice. Detectives determined that Brewer and three additional co-conspirators planned to rob an individual suspected of selling drugs when one of Brewer’s accomplices was fatally shot by a male at the residence of the planned attack. Brewer and his accomplices dumped their accomplice’s deceased body on the shoulder of a Monroe street following the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

This investigation remains active.