published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Parole hearing continued in 'Stringbean' case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Board of Parole has asked for a psychological evaluation for the man in prison for murdering country comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, in 1973.

Board members continued the hearing until October after 63-year-old John A. Brown presented his case for parole in April. The Tennessean said the board decided Brown must undergo a psychological evaluation on his propensity for violence.

Parole board spokeswoman Melissa McDonald said such exams are sometimes used by board members and shouldn't be seen as either a positive or negative sign for an inmate.

The Board of Parole denied his last request in 2011.

The Akemans were fatally shot as they returned to their home in Ridgetop following a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. Stringbean also performed on the TV program "Hee Haw."

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