BART Station Musician Arrested for 1987 New Mexico Murder

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:05:19 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Commuters won't be hearing the sounds of Ronald Brewington's saxophone playing as they pass through the Embarcadero BART station after the arrest of the performer known as "The Jazzman" on a murder charge from a quarter century ago.

Prosecutors in New Mexico say Brewington killed his wife in 1987.  Police investigators following up on old unsolved cases identified Brewington as a suspect in the killing and reached out to federal authorities for help.

"Fugitive apprehension is one of our specialities," U.S. Marshall's Service Deputy Joseph Palmer tells KRON 4's Haaziq Madyun.  "Our agency in San Francisco was contacted by the Albuquerque Police Department's Cold Case unit on a tip that Brewington might be in the area.  We were able to confirm the tip and track him.  He was living here in the Bay Area and actually we were able to arrest him at the Embarcadero BART station where he was playing saxophone."

Palmer says it appears Brewington has used several aliases over the years.  He may have been married several times.

It's unclear when "The Jazzman" will return to New Mexico to face trial.

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