Detective Brann was born in 1960. Upon reaching adulthood he was married. Soon after he and his wife, Melanie, were blessed with a baby girl. The baby girl, Melina, now 20, was with Detective Brann and Melanie when the welcomed their second daughter ,Katrina, now 16, into the world.
The suspect was identified as Genail Postley Jr. a 6'2" 180 pound 21 year old black male; a pathetic individual and societal drain that should have fell victim to the Darwinian Natural Selection process long ago. Postley was just released from prison in January 2005 for the prior convictions of assault with attempt to commit great bodily harm and home invasion. A massive manhunt of the immediate and surrounding areas took place involving not only the Battle Creek PD, but also the Calhoun County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Kalamazoo PD, and Springfield PD. Nothing turned up in those areas because immediately after the shooting the suspect fled on foot then quickly stole a pickup truck at gunpoint. Soon after Postley ditched the truck and stole a soft topped Ford Thunderbird, again at gunpoint.
The following day May 10 the Dearborn Police recieved a call from a motorist that came across the stolen Thunderbird. An officer with the Dearborn PD stopped the Thunderbird and requested backup before approaching. While the officer waited for backup the suspect fled in the Thunderbird. A high speed chase ensued leading into Detroit, where Postley regretable survived after crashing the stolen car. Postley then exited the vehicle and fled to a nearby car that he, yet again, stole at gunpoint. Soon after police officers used their cruisers to knock postleys car off the road; Postley was apprehended at about 4:00 pm. During an inventory search of the final stolen car officers found Detective Branns gun. Postley was held on a parole retainer and charged with armed robbery for the Detroit car.
During interrogation Postley asked to be represented by a lawyer. He was appointed attorney John Vincent, who later recused himself and was replaced by Ronald Pitchlik. Before his lawyers arrival Postley admitted to the crimes in question and consented to a taped confession. John Hallucy was the prosecuting attorney of record and the case was set to be tried in front of the Honorable James Kingsley (shown at left) of the Calhoun County Circuit Court. Before the trial could actually begin Postleys taped confession was deemed inadmissable due to the fact that the interrogation did not halt when he requested a lawyer.
During the trial Detective Brann's wife Melanie boldly stood in front of the court to deliver a heartfelt statement that said, in part, "I hardly ever say this in my adult life but i hate you Genail Postley. I hate you for what you have done to my daughters and me." When the jury returned with a verdict on February 14, 2006 Postley was found guilty of 27 counts. Among them were open murder, felony murder, armed robbery, carjacking, and multiple weapons charges. Before sentencing postley to life in prison Judge Kingsley stated, "...this sentence is not proportional for you taking the life of a good and decent man..."
Detective Brann's funeral was held in Battle Creek and was attended by hundreds. His casket was adorned with an American Flag. The procession was blocks long, with mourners everywhere. He is buried at the Battle Creek Cemetary. His headstone bears the inscription:
Detective Lavern Steven Brann
Killed in the Line of Duty
When later describing her husband Melanie Brann said, "He was a gentle man with a big heart, a handshake or a hug for everyone. I miss his smile, his friendship, and his physical presence. I miss him every morning, everyday, and every night." Even in death Detective Lavern S. Brann reaches out to those who share his personal values through an award regarding work on sexual violence and a scholarship given to local criminal justice majors, both bearing his name.