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Parole Hearing of 'Stringbean' Killer Pushed Back Pending Psychological Report

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A parole hearing for the man convicted of killing David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, has been pushed back until October, according to Tennessee Board of Parole Communications Director Melissa McDonald.

John A. Brown was sentenced to 198 years in prison for the 1973 killings.

McDonald stressed that this should not be seen as a step toward releasing Brown.

"The information provided by the exam could support an offenders case for parole, and it could also contain information that would be negative about an offender," she said in an email to the press. "Psychological exams are a tool board members use in making informed parole decisions. It is not unusual for the board to request one."

The Board of Parole denied Brown's last request in 2011, with Chairman Charles Traughber saying that the couple's killing was one of the most serious crimes there can be and noted that more than 450 people wrote to the board to oppose his release.

The Akemans were fatally shot as they returned to their home in Ridgetop following a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. Stringbean also performed on the TV program "Hee Haw."

Country music entertainer Louis "Grandpa" Jones found the bodies the morning after the Akemans' were killed.

Jones' widow, Ramona Jones, was among the first on the scene and wrote a letter to the parole board in advance of the hearing a few weeks ago asking that Brown be kept in prison.

"He still murdered two very innocent people," she said. "Don't let him out."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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