Visiting Judge Frank Griffin refused Monday to lower the $610,000 bonds of Preston Browne, who is charged n the May 20 shotgun shooting that took the life of 29-year-old Larry Irvin in Brownwood.
    Browne, 25, was arrested before Irvin died of a head wound and is currently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evidence tampering, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.
    Prosectors will seek a murder indictment against Browne on Aug. 17, First Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown told Griffin during the 35th District Court hearing.
    Defense attorney Tommy Adams argued that the bonds are excessive and punitive. Browne has no way of making bonds that large and asked that they be lowered to $100,000 total, an amount Browne said he could make.
    Brown argued against the bond reduction on the basis of the “cold-blooded nature” of the shooting at 304 N. Greenleaf, plus Browne’s criminal history. Browne was out of jail on a felony bond when he was arrested in the Irvin shooting and is a danger to the community, the prosecutor argued.
    Police have not commented on the motive for the shooting, which happened inside the home around 12:25 p.m. Irvin was inside with three people — two women and a man — who lived there when Browne arrived, police said earlier. One of the women is pregnant with Browne’s child, Browne testified Monday.
    A woman told police she was in her bedroom when she heard a gunshot and heard Browne say “he’s dead, I shot him,” according to a complaint filed by Brownwood police detective Robert Lee.
    Browne fled on foot and tossed the shotgun in the water at C.C. Woodson and Broadway. Officers located Browne in the same area and took him into custody.
    Deputies escorted Browne, heavily tattooed and smiling at times, into the courtroom, and Adams called Browne to testify after the judge convened the hearing.
    Browne said he lived with his stepmother in the 2600 block of Main Street before he was arrested in the Irvin shooting, Browne testified. He went through the 10th grade at Brownwood High School and later obtained a GED.
    Browne said he was working for a roofing company when he was arrested. He said his father, Bobby Browne, is also incarcerated in the Brown County Jail. Jail records show the elder Browne was released in June after making bonds in unrelates cases.
    Answering Adams’ questions about his criminal history, Browne said he was placed on probation for possession of marijuana at age 14 or 15, and was sent to state jail at age 17 for burglary of a building.
    Browne stayed out of jail for 18 months before being sent to prison for assaulting his wife — not the same woman who is pregnant with his child — and served four years.
    After his release from prison, Browne stayed out of jail for 10 months before being arrested in the Irvin shooting.
    Under Brown’s cross-examination, Browne acknowledged that he’d been arrested on other charges as well.
    Brown called former detective Doug Hurt — who resigned Friday from the Brownwood Police Department and takes office Tuesday a Precinct 1 justice of the peace — and detective Aaron Taylor to testify.
    Hurt said a witness told police about Browne’s drug use and has feared for her safety. The witness described Browne as possessive and “I think she used the term ‘psycho,’” Hurt testified.
    Taylor repeated statements residents of the 304 N. Greenleaf house made to police after the shooting. One of the women was in the shower when she heard the gunshot and heard Browne say he’d just killed Irvin, Taylor said.