Suspects lured victim to isolated area where they robbed, killed him, police say

Published 10:04 pm Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Two people who allegedly lured a man to a secluded area and murdered him have been arrested.

On Tuesday, Brundidge Police Chief Marquez James and Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas announced Raven Braswell, 23, County Road 2331, Springhill, and Joshua Devon Peterson, 22, of Meadowbrook Drive, Clayton, have been arrested for the robbery and murder of Cordero Ousley, 44. He said both suspects had been charged with capital murder.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office was brought in to assist in the investigation

Thomas said the investigation began when a body was found on Floyd Street in Brundidge on April 20. Thomas said the body was found in the 300 block in a grassy area that was very isolated with no traffic.

Thomas said, based on statements, Braswell allegedly lured Ousley to Floyd Street where he was robbed and shot to death. Thomas said after the alleged robbery, Braswell and Peterson traveled to a motel in Ozark.

“I very much appreciate the hard work and long hours the deputies and investigators worked to bring this case to a rapid close,” Thomas said. “We worked four long days for a total of 70 hours, almost non-stop, to get a break in the case. Braswell was located in Dothan, and Peterson was found near Eufaula.

“After identifying the suspects, many agencies assisted us in apprehending them. These agencies include the U.S. Marshals, Troy Police Department, Dale County Sheriff Office, Ozark Police Department, Dothan Police Department, and the Eufaula Police Department. I very much appreciate the team effort and work that was done to keep everyone safe. Both subjects remain in the Pike County Jail charged with capital murder.”