ATTORNEY: Brauer Stabbed Soldier In Self Defense

The attorney for ECU Student Christopher Brauer of Durham says his client stabbed a soldier after he was assaulted twice and warned the soldier to stop assaulting him.

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.

Read the full press release from Robinson by clicking on 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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A Greenville murder suspect has posted bond and released from jail, just one day after the NAACP and other groups questioned his bond being lowered from $1 million.

Christopher Brauer was arrested last week for the murder of PFC Keyonn Parkin, a Fort Bragg paratrooper.

Brauer's $500,000 bond was posted at 10:53 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the Pitt County jail.

Parkin was stabbed October 28th outside Pirates Place Townhomes after a dispute over a stolen wallet. Brauer, an ECU student, turned himself in last Wednesday. Police named him as a suspect in the murder the day before. The man's original bond was set at $1 million, but a judge cut that in half during a hearing the same day he was arrested.

NAACP chapter president Calvin Henderson briefed reporters Wednesday about what he and others believe is unfair treatment of people arrested that are not white.

They say after Brauer was questioned by police about the stabbing death of Parkin and then he was allowed to go back home to Durham. His bond was also reduced, something they say wouldn't have happened to someone of a different ethnicity.

The court clerk's office says $375,000 of Brauer's bond was in cash, $75,000 was in property, while the remaining $50,000 was listed as another bond.

According to the bond order, Brauer must reside with his parents in Durham. He must be home before 9 p.m. each night and cannot leave until 5 a.m. The bond order also says the suspect cannot have any contact with the victim's family. Brauer was also ordered not to possess or consume any alcohol or controlled substance, or possess any deadly weapon.

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  • by Blade Runner on Dec 10, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    I think pretty much every has either forgotten about this , or the ordeal has been "lessened" in their consciousness. This kid is gonna get off on self defense, cause he has the money. I dont buy the whole "he was getting jumped" thing. He had all his friends and resdidents of the aparment (where the wallet was stolen) having his back during the altercation, and Parkin only had his other friend (who took the wallet). So it was actually several people against 2 guys.
  • by Raymond Location: Roanoke Rapids on Nov 20, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    It is sad but true, the use of deadly force will open up a real can of worms. The second you pull a knife, draw a gun or use any other type of deadly force, you will wind up in a world other than you expected. I don't have enough information to form an opinion but I will tell you this: If you resort to deadly force, you better be sure you are on solid ground i.e., believing your life in in eminent danger or protecting the life of another. I have been there and found justified but I can tell you, it cost me dearly both financially and mentally. Unfortunately, the thugs don't give a damn. They get free counsel. The law abiding citizens, protecting their loved ones or themselves, get the shaft.
  • by alcohol testosterone on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Keyonn was not a "thug". But when you mix alcohol and young testosterone you can get a lot of terrible violence and bad decisions. Ft. Bragg obviously does not enforce drinking laws if underage soliders are publicly posting how they get drunk and start fights off base. When you are 19 and think that you can chug liquor, start fights with strangers and that you are invincible, there are going to be serious consequences. Citizens have the right to defend themselves from physical harm. Maybe it's hard to swallow but he also assaulted a woman! This was not Keyonn's first fight, but it was his last. If you have a drinking problem and are prone to violence GET HELP. I have experienced drunken violence at the hand of a man and if you are a young person please realize from this story that it's not a joke.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to alcohol testosterone
      You state that this was not Keyonn's first fight, that he assaulted a woman, that he was involved in a robbery, that he started a fight with a stranger and that he was potentially drunk. How is that not the textbook definition of a thug?
  • by 40some on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    Sounds like a plausable defense to me. Guy gets jumped by two guys who stole his wallet, defends himself with a knife. Case closed.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to 40some
      Except he didnt get jumped. Him and dozens of his friends / acquaintances confronted the man who stole a wallet, and Parkin got killed over it.
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        by anonymous also on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to
        "He got killed over it" doesn't really explain anything, or mean anything. The man with the knife asked him to leave and he didn't leave. He chose to stay and to assault, wallet or no wallet.
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        by 40some on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:36 PM in reply to
        A good defense attorney will spin it any way he pleases. The guy who lost his life is argueably an accomplice to the theft of the wallet. I'm so sick of crime and robberies, have no tolerance for a theif, I say justice was served.
  • by dthom on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    If the glove does not fit you must acquit !!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    NC does not recognize justifiable homicide.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to
      But it does self-defense.
  • by Why? on Nov 17, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    Well....let me start by saying no matter what a human being is gone. So my prays go out to his family. Second, I just want to put this comment out here. I have heard this young man is stating this is self defense. I also have read that Brauer stabed the soldier after he was assaulted twice. Why is there no mention of Brauer calling or notifing the local police after the first assult. It seems to me if this young man feared for his life he would not have allowed this man to keep assulting him just to eventually pull out a knife and stab him. I do not know the whole story and nobody ever will because the we are only going to hear one side of the story. But, just think about. Why did he not contact the police if he felt enough fear to result in physical harm to another.
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      by because... on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to Why?
      It's easy for you to ask these questions in hindsight, but if someone is assaulting you, do you think that your assaulter would pause between punches to allow you to walk away and call the police?? Even if Brauer was able to get away from his assaulter AND the TWO OTHER SOLDIERS, and manage to contact the police, how long would it have taken for the police to arrive? While meanwhile your girlfriend is also being assaulted by a man?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to Why?
      There are apparently several witnesses according to what police stated earlier so we should eventually hear what it is that they (the witnesses) have to say about what happened. It is not stated anywhere the amount of time between the assaults. It could have been seconds in which case he would not have had the opportunity to call police. Others at the scene apparently did call them. We just don't have all the information, yet.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 17, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to
        The police were called by witnesses, during the altercation, according to earlier reports...LE arrived after Brauer had stabbed the assailant. Anonymous is correct. The person being assaulted, Brauer, couldn't call while being assaulted, and trying to protect his girlfriend from the same; consider that.
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      by 40some on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:41 PM in reply to Why?
      Maybe they stole his phone from him too.
  • by obamanot on Nov 16, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    Good Job!.Lets turn the page and start all over again until no more bully dolts breathe any of my air!
  • by gang violence Location: greenville on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    well from past experinces wiyh marines they are almost as bad as the gangs in greenville maby that should be adressed
  • by G'Vegas on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    I am a middle age White female and I do believe that if Brauer was a black male he would be at the detention center with no bond. I can see why people are upset this is a unfair situation. Once Brauer admitted to stabbing the man he should have been taken into custody at that moment. Sounds like our so called Greenville's finest are slack at doing their jobs. But then again they were probably their partying themselves. I do not think Brauer was assaulted I think he wanted to act like a bad ass in front of people and now he is a proven Cold Blooded Killer. he is only coming up with the story his attorney came up with. If the tables were turned and Brauer was dead due to a black man stabbing him this would be a different case. I hope he goes to prison.

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