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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    So what if you served? You don't know what happened. Innocent until proven guilty. don't act holier than thou, please. NO matter who you are.
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    If the pictures were reversed the comments here would be off the charts.People would be off the chain with all their racist comments.In this case as in all the others on this site the judicial system will come to a conclusion based on the evidence.Your stupid,racial comments do nothing one way or another,except let everyone know how ignorant you are.Nuff said!!
  • by Former Grand Juror Location: Pitt County on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    Based on the evidence presented to the grand jury, this is clearly not a cut and dry case of self defense. If it was, he would not have been indicted.
  • by Vet on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    I am a vet and know that a lot of Marines and Army think they can do anything and start fights.
  • by Vet on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    I am a vet and know that a lot of Marines and Army think they can do anything and start fights.
  • by Opinion on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    Not guilty, self defense is self defense. I don't think stabbing someone in self defense ONCE should constitute a murder conviction.
  • by JMM Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    As a fellow Paratrooper and Army Vet, this piece of trash student is the worst. This soldier did not deserve to die the way he did. His boy was the culprit and the offender, however, the soldier that died was a bystander that tried to dissolve the incident. This ECU student was blade happy and poked whomever he could at the moment. The other soldier is certainly guilty of what he committed, however, the soldier who died was an innocent victim. Facts are facts. I hope this trash get what is coming to him!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM in reply to JMM
      Facts are facts, and you're innocent until proven guilty. This very well could have been self-defense.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:43 PM in reply to JMM
      I agree with you. I don't believe he was assaulted either.
  • by mom Location: hertford on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    such a sad story for all families involved. but at what point are we allowed to protect ourselves. if someone robs you and trys to hurt you when is it ok to defend yourself. This young man states he warned him not to assault him again yet the young soldier would not leave him alone. When is it ok to defend yourself. No one will win in this case, one life ended and the other will carry this forever.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:28 AM
    My first thought this a.m. was that it would get postponed, again. Attorney for defense must be working overtime to build a good case.
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      by Once Again on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:56 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      He has a very very good attorney...that will prove his case because the whole world knows it was self defense
  • by GUILTY!!!!!!!! on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    GUILTY!!!!!!GUILTY!!!!!UNCLE SAM WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS ONE!!!!
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