Brother arrested in Nevada County crossbow death
August 23, 2007
GRASS VALLEY ” A Lake of the Pines area man was arrested Tuesday for the murder of his brother, found Tuesday afternoon at their home with multiple wounds and a crossbow arrow through his neck, sheriff’s officials said.
Arthur M. Prosser, 65, is in custody at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City, arrested on suspicion of the murder of his 67-year-old brother.
Deputies found the elder brother dead in a bedroom at the home the two shared on the 10000 block of Raker Court at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.
“He had an arrow from a crossbow in his neck and there was a crossbow in the other room,” he said.
Officials are not releasing the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin.
The crossbow arrow found in the victim’s neck, commonly referred to as a bolt, was fitted with a broadhead hunting point, Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Smith said.
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The broadhead is designed to cause massive hemorrhage, he said.
Arthur Prosser’s Sacramento attorney called the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. She said deputies should check on the Raker Court home, Royal said.
The attorney said Arthur Prosser was in her office, but citing attorney-client privilege, she would not volunteer any more information about the death.
She warned investigators they would find copious blood at the scene, Smith said.
After local officials found the elder brother’s body, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office investigators transported Arthur Prosser from his attorney’s office to Nevada County late Tuesday afternoon, he said.
Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators questioned Arthur Prosser at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, Smith said.
Investigators collected his clothes, which were spattered with blood, he said.
Prosser submitted to a blood test and gave fingerprints, and investigators took pictures of him for possible evidence, Smith said.
Prosser invoked his right to remain silent and would not volunteer any information about his brother’s death.
Investigators did determine that Prosser has a violent criminal history in California, Smith said. He would not specify where Prosser has committed his crime(s).
A deputy was recently called out to the victim’s home for a civil issue that had nothing to do with his brother, Smith said. Prosser has had no other contact with local law enforcement, he said.