published Friday, April 26th, 2013

Man pleads guilty in 2009 killing of local rapper

A 43-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a sentence of 15 years rather than face a second trial in the 2009 slaying of local rapper Robert "Brikk" Brown.

Alonzo Grace's plea was made Wednesday along with his co-defendant, Dexter Talley.

Talley, 32, pleaded guilty to facilitation of especially aggravated robbery and received a four-year sentence.

Both men had faced robbery, murder and assault charges. The additional charges were dismissed with their pleas.

Prosecutors alleged in the May 2012 trial that the pair invaded a home Brown was staying at to rob him of drugs and money. Brown was traveling through the area promoting his new rap record with a California label.

Police did not find drugs in the 3929B Webb Oaks Court apartment where the shooting death took place.

The first trial ended in a hung jury.

For more, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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