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Brother of woman found dead in trunk arraigned

The Georgetown man whose wheelchair-dependent sister's mummified body was found in the trunk of his car has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case.

Timothy Allen Brown, 30, was arrested in October after investigators found his sister's body. A Scott County grand jury indicted Brown in January and he was arraigned Friday in Scott Circuit Court on charges of abuse or neglect of an adult, tampering with physical evidence, eight counts of theft of over $300, endangering the welfare of a minor and abuse of a corpse. He pleaded not guilty.

Penny Brown's body, wrapped in quilts and industrial plastic, was so badly decomposed that the state medical examiner's office was unable to determine a cause of death. The body might have been in Timothy Brown's apartment for up to two years, police said. Brown signed his sister out of a nursing home in 2006.

Penny Brown had stopped using her food stamps and didn't use her medical card after she left Georgetown Healthcare, according to police reports. Investigators say Timothy Brown had been cashing his disabled sister's Social Security Income checks, which amounted to $600 to $700 a month.

Brown is scheduled to return to court March 6 for a status hearing.