Prosecutors on Tuesday filed first-degree murder charges against four men in the Jan. 2 shooting of 42-year-old Shawn Rhone.
Police said last week that Rhone had apparently gone to the 1700 block of Northeast Parkway as part of a drug deal and suffered two gunshot wounds as someone tried to rob him and fired into his car as he tried to escape. Before he died, he drove a short distance to a QuikTrip at 13th and Oliver and told a customer he had been shot.
The four charged are Milo J. Brown Jr., 21; Shawn M. Brown, 20; Myron L. Peters, 19; and Jerone H. Brown, 19, court documents show. All four are being held in jail on $1 million bond each; they face a Jan. 22 preliminary hearing.
One of the accused, Shawn Brown, told Judge Warren Wilbert in his initial court appearance Tuesday, “I wasn’t there when it happened.”
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In court documents, the Browns each listed the same home address; police have said that three of the four suspects are apparently siblings. The address the Browns listed is just down the street from where police said the shooting occurred.
Milo Brown and Jerone Brown were released on parole from prison less than a month before the shooting, records show. In the charges filed Tuesday, Milo Brown also is accused of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In their applications for court-appointed attorneys, all four said they are unemployed. Peters said he had worked for a temporary service and for a fast-food restaurant in the past six months.