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.


Sign Up To Get The Latest News, Opinions From Chattanoogan.com In Real Time; Win Set Of Chattanooga Photo Books

Sign up for our Facebook and Twitter feeds and you will get the  local news in "real time." You will also be entered for a chance to win the complete set of the Chattanooga Photo Books published by Chattanoogan.com. We will give away three sets of The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga to our new Facebook ... (click for more)

Calbough Charged With Theft Of $25,000 In Jewelry From Mother's Soddy Daisy House

Terry Lee Calbough has been charged with stealing $25,000 in jewelry from his mother's house in Soddy Daisy. Calbough, 44, of E. Harbor Road, Soddy Daisy, was charged with aggravated burglary. In the incident on June 16, his mother reported the side door to her house was forced open and the jewelry taken. She said she was in General Sessions Court that day for the case ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I am constantly amazed by the many emails that I receive every day. Quite curiously, I get a heavier load than I would ever have thought because the big search engines on the Internet send my Chattanoogan.com stories far and wide. Even the local ones on the Chattanooga area bring comments and I am deeply flattered. I try to read them and lament I haven’t the time to respond the ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Second Half Play With 6-1 Win Friday Over Pensacola

LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a 6-1 win on Friday night. Rain was in the area, but had no effect on the game. The Lookouts were supposed to begin the second half of their season on Thursday, but rain pushed the game to Friday. Gonsalves was on the mound and had a terrific outing. The left-hander ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School Selects Joey Knox As Head Wrestling Coach

Cleveland High School has selected Joey Knox as the next head coach for the Blue Raider Wrestling program.  Coach Knox has been with the wrestling program as an assistant since 2013.  During his assistant coaching tenure, the team has secured six Team State Championships, including five individual State Champions and 20 State Medalists.    Cleveland High ... (click for more)