A homeless Clay Quarles died of severe burns in Jackson in 2012 and accused Desmond Brown of killing him with hot coals. Quarles died two weeks after suffering severe burns to over 70% of his body. Brown has been the subject of much controversy this year as he falsely claimed to be an owner of a convenience store where a JPD officer was shot. Police reports obtained by JJ through a public records request show that police interviewed both the victim and suspect but no further action was taken on the case. Mr. The entire file is posted below.
The report states that over 70% of Quarles' body was covered with burns. He told police that a "black male who works in the store burned him with coals from the grill outside the store." The store employee identified the suspect as "Desmond" who cooked ribs at the store on a daily basis.
Mr. Brown, however, denied the charges. He said he was taking coals out of grill and "putting them in the foot tub." He claimed Quarles asked for a light and was drinking but he told him to keep going. He said Quarles turned the foot tub over and set his jacket on fire. He said Quarles then fell into the ashes and was trying to get him. Quarles allegedly walked across the street.
Clarion-Ledger Therese Apel provided more details on her personal blog. She reported:
Clay, 51, was a homeless man who by all accounts was a funny, well-liked guy when he was in school at Forest Hill. Many people, including several I consider my own friends, have sent me messages about how much they liked him, and how they didn’t know he was homeless or they would have helped him.
Clay died on Monday at Crossgates of injuries sustained when somehow some burning coals from a barbecue grill at a gas station ended up all over him. It’s “not yet official” how it happened.
The story Clay told police and medical personnel is that the coals were dumped on him when he went by the gas station to ask for the scraps at the end of the night. The story a cook told me at the scene when I went nosing around was that he was drunk, and he “fell” into the grill. The coroner told me the other day that she was told it was a possibility he turned the grill over on himself.
The grill is big. It’s longer than my Dodge. It’s on a large trailer with two wheels at the back, and it sits up on some blocks at the side of the gas station. Rest of post.
Here is a picture of the grill:
An easy feat to turn over on yourself, dear coroner, although it is not the foot tub.