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Verdict Reached in Christmas Eve Axe-Murder Trial

By: Greg Gullberg; Eames Yates Email
By: Greg Gullberg; Eames Yates Email

[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - January 11th, 2012 - 6pm -

Wednesday a Valdosta jury handed-down a verdict for a man accused of killing his girlfriend on Christmas Eve 2010.
Kenneth Brown was found guilty on all counts and the victim's family is glad to have justice.

"Just justice period. No one should have to die like that. No one. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. No one should have to die like that," says the victim's daughter Mary McConnehead.

The family of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant sighs with relief for the Guilty verdict.
They say they're satisfied with the sentence.
59-year-old Kenneth Brown was found "Guilty" on all counts for using an axe to kill, Grant who was his live-in girlfriend.
Brown showed no emotion as he was given a life-sentence plus 21 years.

The trial went into its third day but the jury only deliberated for about 3.5 hours before the unanimous vote.
The defense had argued Brown was acting in self-defense to Grant's son, Keith Medley, who pushed him while Brown and Grant were having a verbal fight.
But the prosecutor says that because Brown left the house and came back with an axe, he had other options, he didn't have to come back at all.

"We haven't been able to actually let go and let our mom rest in peace in a year or so because this hasn't been over and now that it's over we can actually let her rest in peace," says McConnehead.

Brown's defense attorney says they plan to appeal the ruling.

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[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - January 11th, 2012 -

There is a verdict in the Valdosta trial of a 2010 Christmas Eve murder.

59-year-old Kenneth Brown is found "Guilty" on all counts for killing his live-in girlfriend, 47-year-old Charlotte Grant, with an axe in a domestic dispute that turned deadly.
He was given a life-sentence plus 21 years.

The jury deliberated for approximately 3.5 hours before handing-up the unanimous vote.

Brown's defense attorney says they plan to appeal the ruling.

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[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - January 10th, 2012 -

There will soon be a verdict in the Brown V. State of Ga. trial.
It's now up to the jury to decide "Guilty" or "Not Guilty" in the trial of a 2010 Christmas Eve murder.
Deliberations began late in the day Tuesday.
59-year-old Kenneth Brown faces a charge of first degree murder.
Prosecutors say he killed his live-in girlfriend 47-year-old Charlotte Grant with an axe in a domestic dispute that turned deadly.
Prosecutors argue the murder was premeditated and say that because Brown left and came back with a weapon that it rules out self-defense.

"When he walked outside to get that axe, where ever that axe may have been, he had options," Prosecution Attorney Tracy Chapman says to the jury.

The Defense urged the jury to vote "Not Guilty".
The Defense says Brown was defending himself with the axe from the victim's son, Keith Medley, who Brown says was attacking him with a chair when the axe hit Grant.
He says Medley's account of that night's events don't add up.

"So that contradicts Kenny being back there. So your contradiction is there," Defense Attorney John Hughes says to the jury.

The trial continues Wednesday where the jury is expected to have a verdict.

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[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - January 9th, 2012 -

Prosecutors say an axe was used to kill 47-year-old Charlotte Grant Christmas Eve night in 2010.
The suspect is her live-in boyfriend, 59-year-old Kenneth Brown.
The court listens breathlessly to a 911 dispatch recording of Grant's 29-year-old son Keith Medley identifying Brown as the killer.

"Kenny Brown," Medley states in the recording.
The dispatcher asks, "Which way did Kenny Leave?"
"I don't know," Medley replies.

The prosecution says the live-in couple had been fighting for some time and hadn't slept in the same room for months.
That night tensions got heated and Brown snapped, charging at Grant with an axe and swinging.
There is some discrepancy however as to whether the axe was the murder weapon.
Brown's sister Annie Pride says there was no axe, he didn't have a weapon.
But her husband Leon Pride said he had a stick but when asked if the stick was an axe, he agreed.
The Public Defender pressing that it was too dark to tell.
Then Officer Terry Hines of the Valdosta Police Department testified Brown gave him a false name that night and a false date of birth.

The trial will resume promptly Tuesday morning where more people are expected to take the stand.

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- Valdosta, Ga. - January 9th, 2012 -

Monday is the first day for a trial on an alleged Christmas Eve murder in Valdosta.
A domestic dispute turned deadly December 24, 2010, when a woman is murdered and police suspect her live-in boyfriend.
59-year-old Kenneth Brown takes the stand after pleading not guilty to the alleged deadly assault of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant.
The jury selection was this morning.


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