Allison Tevlin, the mother of murdered 19-year-old New Jersey student Brendan Tevlin, told Fox News’ “Greta Investigates” team Friday that the additional charge of terrorism brought against her son’s accused murderer, Ali Mohammad Brown, “is a good thing.”
“Hopefully it will bring more attention to my son’s case,” she added, noting her family “has been always confused why it didn’t receive more attention.”
This is the first murder case in New Jersey in which a defendant has been charged with terrorism under state law. Besides allegedly killing Tevlin on June 25, 2014, Brown is also accused of killing three other men in Washington state earlier last year. They were 30-year-old Leroy Henderson, Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27.
Brown is expected to be arraigned August 4.
In a new special, "Greta Investigates Lone Wolves — Enemies Among Us", Frank Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, told Greta Van Susteren that the new charges against Brown are “important because it (theTevlin murder) was an act of terrorism.”
In October 2014, Fox News was first to reveal that Brown had ties to a disrupted terrorist cell, a terrorist training camp on U.S. soil, and federal investigations going back more than a decade.
Details of Brown's criminal life and connections to radical Islam prior to the murders of the four young men is under renewed scrutiny by authorities in both New Jersey and Washington state.
After his arrest in West Orange, New Jersey in July 2014, Brown, 29, told detectives from both states that he "was engaged in jihad" and referred to the specific murder of Tevlin as a "just kill."
Tevlin was murdered in West Orange on June 25, 2014 while sitting in his car at a traffic light. He had been shot eight times. In addition to Brown, two other men were arrested in Tevlin's murder -- Jeremy Villagran and Eric Williams. Charges against Villagran and Williams were recently dismissed.
In Seattle, authorities say ballistics link the same 9-mm. handgun that Brown used to kill Tevlin to the three other homicide investigations in Washington.
On June 1, 2014 in Seattle, Dwone Anderson-Young and Said were killed "execution style" as they sat inside a car.
Authorities say the same weapon was used on April 27, 2014 to gun down Henderson as he walked the streets of Skyway, Washington.
Two former FBI agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, or JTTF, told Fox News that Brown also may have traveled to one of the first terrorist training camps on U.S. soil when he was a teenager known as “Dog Cry Ranch.”
When former FBI agents David Rubincam and David Gomez were interviewed by FOX in Seattle, Gomez said, "I believe Ali Muhammad Brown at some point traveled to Bly, Ore., prior to his arrest for financial institution fraud."
The JTTF executed 19 search and arrest warrants in November 2004 after a 30-month investigation, which became known as the "Ranier Valley Roundup." No one, including Brown, was charged with terrorism.
Also contributing to this story were Fox News’ Steven Tierney and Christina Diaz Hall
Pamela K. Browne is Senior Executive Producer at the FOX News Channel (FNC) and is Director of Long-Form Series and Specials. Her journalism has been recognized with several awards. Browne first joined FOX in 1997 to launch the news magazine “Fox Files” and later, “War Stories.”