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UPDATE: Second man arrested in fatal Houston County home invasion in Henry County

WARNER ROBINS — A second suspect in a fatal home invasion is in custody today in Houston County.

Nicholas C. Brooks, 29, is being held in the Houston County jail after his arrest in Henry County near Locust Grove at Super 8 motel, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Robert Clark.

Brooks was charged with murder and aggravated assault, according to the arrest warrant.

Pattie Ann Brooks, 44, his stepmother, was charged with hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal, Clark said.

Sheriff’s investigators had searched for hours for Brooks. Early Wednesday, he abandoned a relative’s pickup truck near Bonaire, Clark said.

His alleged accomplice, Michael Scott Cossette, 26, of Warner Robins, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon and is charged with murder, aggravated assault and burglary during the commission of a crime in connection with the deadly home invasion early Tuesday in Houston County.

Jason Blount, 31, of Houston County, was shot and killed inside a mobile home at 918 Collins Ave., Lot 60, during the home invasion. The 911 call came in at 4:36 a.m.

Blount, who was homeless, and his girlfriend were spending the night at the residence, Clark said.

Preliminary autopsy results Wednesday indicated that Blount died from injuries from a gunshot wound to the torso, Clark said.

A special tactical team of the Houston County sheriff’s office took Cossette into custody using chemical agents after a standoff at a friend’s home on Hatcher Road in Warner Robins late Tuesday afternoon, Clark said.

Cossette was held in investigative custody overnight, and the murder and related charges were placed against him Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the slaying of Blount, is urged to contact Sgt. Joseph Middlebrooks or Sgt. Ronnie Harlowe at (478) 542-2085 or (478) 542-2080.

Telegraph staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.