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Parole Board Responds To Freedom Request From Stringbean's Convicted Killer

Parole Board Responds To Freedom Request From Stringbean's Convicted Killer

CREATED May 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A surprise vote from the Tennessee Board of Parole Tuesday surrounding one of Nashville’s most infamous murders. In April, John Brown, the man convicted of murdering Grand Ol’Opry star David “Stringbean” Akeman, went before the board asking for his release.

Tuesday, the parole board came back with a response to his request for freedom. Four of the seven board members voted to order a psychological test to measure Brown’s propensity for violence. The testing will take six months. Brown will go back before the board in October

The Board of Parole said the psych test should not be seen as a positive or a negative only as a tool to evaluate Brown’s request for parole.

Stringbean Akeman and his wife Estelle were killed in 1973. 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."

Country music entertainer Louis "Grandpa" Jones found the bodies the morning after the Akemans were killed.

Brown's cousin, Doug, was also convicted in the murders, but died in prison in 2003.

Brown told the board in April that he had been "reformed" through his more than 40 years in prison. He said he knows he can never make up for the horrible crime he committed.

"I don't have any right to ask for forgiveness. It's unforgivable," Brown said

Brown was sentenced to 198 years in prison for the crime.

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