Grand jury indicts 18-year-old Brandie Dailey on first degree murder charge

On Tuesday, June 6, a grand jury indicted 18-year-old Brandie Dailey on charges of  First Degree Premeditated Murder with a Weapon and Tampering with Evidence, in connection with the April 2017 murder of Robert Joiner.

According to Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson, Mr. Joiner was strangled to death with a belt in his Okeechobee home.

Mr. Richardson said Mr. Joiner, who was a small man and only weighed about 120 lbs., was sitting in his recliner when Dailey reportedly sneaked up behind him and started strangling him with a belt. At some point, Mr. Joiner got out of the recliner and onto the floor, where reports indicate Dailey got on his back and continued to strangle him until he died.

Mr. Joiner, 60, suffered from Cerebral Palsy and was in declining health, Mr. Richardson said.

According to the Okeechobee City Police Department report, Mr. Joiner was physically challenged and had lived in his Southeast Fourth Street home for many years. He allowed Dailey and her boyfriend, Michael Raulerson, to live in his home in exchange for housekeeping and cooking. The couple had lived in Mr. Joiner’s home for about one year, according to the report.

Mr. Joiner’s family routinely received calls from him daily. When he failed to call and they were unable to reach him, his sister filed a missing person report.

Responding to that report, Detective Bill Saum went to Mr. Joiner’s house on April 4, where Dailey invited the officers in and allowed the entire property to be searched.

“A short time later, I was advised a deceased person had been found in the 400 block of S.E. 32nd Avenue in Okeechobee,” the detective’s report continues.

“I and others at that scene recognized the deceased as Robert ‘Bobby’ Joiner. Joiner was tied up, hands behind his back and feet tied together. He was wrapped in a blanket,” the report states.

Brandie Ariel Dailey, 18, S.E. Fourth St., was arrested April 4, on one count each of First Degree Felony Murder with a Weapon and Tampering with Evidence.

Mr. Richardson said they have not yet determined if the State will seek the death penalty.  The trial date has been set.

Also arrested in connection with the murder and the case were Michael James Raulerson, 21, S.E. Fourth Street, and Michael Wayne Jacobs, 35, N.W. 33rd Avenue.

Mr. Richardson said Raulerson was reportedly in the residence at the time of the murder, but apparently did not assist in strangling Mr. Joiner.

Both of the Okeechobee men are charged with Accessory to First Degree Murder after the fact, and Tampering with Evidence. They are accused of helping Dailey dispose of the body, according to the arrest report. The felony charge of Accessory to First Degree Murder after the fact carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampering with Evidence can result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years.


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