(CENTREVILLE) – The owner of a Coldwater business shared on Friday how he owes the government over $237 thousand, because of Andrew Brown.
Testimony was heard Friday from Scott Elkins, the owner of VIP Auto Body Shop and a former client of Brown, who is on trial in the October 2, 2013 shooting death of David Locey.
Elkins says he met Brown through a networking group he is involved with and eventually hired Brown to be his accountant in 2011. Two years later, Elkins says he started getting letters from the IRS saying he owed money. When he talked to Brown, Elkins says he was told it was an error on the Government's part and he would take care of it, but the situation became worse.
Elkins says he was finally able to contact the IRS who said he was delinquent in his payments by over $237 thousand. At that time Elkins went to see an attorney, who advised him to fire Brown, which Elkins did. He also hired another accounting firm to go over his finances, which uncovered that Brown was taking money from VIP and putting into his own accounts.
Elkins says when Brown found out he was going to be fired, he came to VIP's facility and offered Elkins $30,000 to help with the overdue money that was owed. Brown also tried to talk to Elkins about becoming a partner in his business in Hillsdale, but Elkins refused both offers.
Elkins' brother William testified that he had a license to carry a gun and often would put his gun in a desk drawer at work, which Brown had seen him do several times.
The week prior to Locey's murder, William Elkins said he put his .38 revolver in his desk before meeting with a client. When he heardof Locey's death on October 2, he went to look for his gun, but it was not in his desk. He testified he looked all over the shop and his home, but the gun was not found.
Testimony will continue on Tuesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court.