Grace, Talley Plead Guilty To Reduced Charges In Slaying Of Rapper

Friday, April 26, 2013

Alonzo “Butch” Grace and Dexter Talley have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the 2009 slaying of rapper Robert “Brikk” Brown.

Both had faced first-degree murder charges, but those were dismissed.

Grace pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was given a 15-year sentence.

Talley pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit aggravated robbery and was given a four-year sentence.

A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury in May of last year deadlocked on whether the pair killed the up-and-coming local musician during a violent home invasion and robbery.

Judge Rebecca Stern was forced to declare a mistrial after jurors trying to decide the legal fate of Grace and Talley told her that after two days of deliberations they were hopelessly logjammed.

The defendants were given new lawyers after their original attorneys asked to go off the case.

Judge Stern appointed Donna Miller to represent Grace and Hilary Hodgkins to represent Talley.

The murder victim died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest on March 28, 2009. His agent and fellow victim, Josquin Jackson of California, was with Brikk on a cross-country radio tour when they stopped here.

Jackson testified that Grace was one of the perpetrators of the fatal attack on his client, but Grace took the stand and denied that – insisting that he was in the process of buying cocaine from Brown and Jackson when the door burst open and a number of men wearing hoods and masks came in shooting.

Jackson said there were some five people involved, including a tall man who was ordering others around. However, only two arrests have been made.


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