Opry Legend Murderer Denied Parole

The man convicted of killing Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw star David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife 34 years ago has been denied parole, according to the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, Aug. 8.

A spokeswoman said that John A. Brown, 57, will not be released after receiving four consecutive “no” votes. He has been recommended for another review in 2011. John Brown and his cousin, Doug Brown, were both convicted and sentenced to serve two life sentences in prison for shooting Stringbean and his wife during a robbery at their home outside of Nashville on Nov. 10, 1973. Doug Brown died in prison, and a change in sentencing laws gave John Brown the opportunity for parole hearings starting in 1993. Two board members voted in favor of John Brown’s release at a July hearing. The votes prompted an outcry against Brown from former stars of the Opry and fans, who petitioned the four board members who still had to cast their vote.


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