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ECU Student Accused In Soldier's Murder Gets Case Delayed

An ECU student charged with the murder of a Fort Bragg paratrooper had his case moved to this summer.

Christopher Brauer of Durham had an appearance scheduled in Pitt County Superior Court Thursday morning.

Brauer is currently out on bond, but charged with the Oct. 29 murder of PFC Keyonn Parkin. Parkin was stabbed at a party the night of Oct. 28 outside of the Pirates Place Townhomes on Charles Blvd. His lawyer says he stabbed a soldier in self-defense, saying Brauer was assaulted twice, his girlfriend was assaulted, and he warned Parkin not to assault him again.

The judge continued Brauer's case until June 5th.



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The defense attorney for an ECU student charged with fatally stabbing a Fort Bragg soldier says the suspect acted in self-defense.

Christopher Brauer is currently out on bond, but charged with the Oct. 29 murder of PFC Keyonn Parkin. Parkin was stabbed at a party the night of Oct. 28 outside of the Pirates Place Townhomes on Charles Blvd.

A press release from Brauer's attorney, Les Robinson, addresses whether the 21-year-old received special treatment from Greenville Police and from the judge who reduced his bond from $1 million to $500,000.

You can read the full statement from Robinson by clicking the document above this story.

In the press release, Robinson also says the night of the incident, Brauer had been assaulted twice and his girlfriend was also assaulted. Robinson says Brauer drew the knife and warned Parkin to stop, and when he did not, Brauer stabbed Parkin once.

Parkin died from his injuries. Robinson says Greenville Police Chief William Anderson's statement that Brauer was developed as a suspect after three days of interviews is not correct. According to Robinson, Brauer identified himself to police on scene as the person who stabbed Parkin.

The press release says attempts to compare Brauer's case with that of James Richardson are incorrect. Richardson was convicted of a double murder outside the Other Place Nightclub. Robinson writes that Brauer went to uniformed police at the scene of the crime, while Richardson left the state without speaking to police.

Robinson says Brauer's case is more comparable to that of Eric Gilbert, charged with a fatal shooting outside Club Fuzion on West 5th Street in Greenville in December 2010. Gilbert is accused of the murder of Derek Brathwaite. Gilbert is not currently behind bars. Robinson wrote in his press release that Gilbert's bond was reduced to $250,000, which is half the amount that Brauer's bond was set at.


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