published Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Trial date set in Chattanooga rapper’s death

A local judge set a trial date this morning for three men charged in the shooting death of Chattanooga rapper Robert “Brikk” Brown.

Dexter Talley, Jr., 30, Julian Maurice Smith, Jr., 23, and Alonzo “Butch” Grace, 42, face a trial May 15, 2012 on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in Brown’s death.

Brown, 33, was a member of the rap duo called Pinney Woods and used the stage name Brikk, according to Times Free Press archives.

Police say an eyewitness, Josquin Jackson, helped identify the three men shortly after Brown’s death during an alleged home invasion at 3929 Webb Oaks Court.

On March 28, 2009, officers found Brown’s body facedown in a house plant, bound with duct tape and shot multiple times.

Jackson had also been bound with duct tape and shot. He survived.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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j17davis said...

You never hear of this happening with a rock star, country singer, or any other artist, I wonder why that is?

November 29, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
hehateme said...

Because none of them can rap.

November 29, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
ThinBlue706 said...

November 10, 1973 two men broke into the house of David Akeman. Akeman was known to Grand Old Opry listeners for many years as "Stringbean" The two men robbed him and murdered both he and his wife. The murdered couple were found the next morning by their close friend and fellow performer "Grand Pa" Jones.

Cousins John and Marvin Brown were convicted of the murders. Marvin Brown died in prison in 2003. John Brown, the accused trigger man was denied parole July 2011. The denial of the parole was reported in the TFP and it was reported that Dalton Roberts appealed to the parole board to deny the release of Stringbeans killer.

So, yes robbery-murders do occur in country/folk music. That is one murder in the last 38 years, how many rap artists have been murdered in the last 38 months?

November 30, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
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