Grand jury indicts teens accused in Clarksville laundromat beatdown death of 71-year-old
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
A Montgomery County grand jury returned indictments charging three teens in the death of a 71-year-old man. A Montgomery County deputy court clerk tells FOX 17 News the trio will be tried as adults.
Harrison Smith, 14, Tavares Harbison, 13, and Jevon Brodie, 14, each face first degree murder charges in connection to the death of Teddy Cook. Brodie and Smith are also charged with especially aggravated robbery, theft of property, and theft of up to $1,000.
Clarksville Police responded to reports of a robbery on May 30 at 10:20 p.m. at the Super Suds Laundry on Peachers Mill Road. When investigators arrived on the scene, Cook told them he was attacked by three teens wearing dark outfits in the laundromat. He said he was forced to the ground, beaten and kicked before the keys were stolen from his pocket and the suspects left the laundromat. Cook said when he looked outside, his white pickup truck was gone.
According to court documents, surveillance footage from the laundromat shows two boys wearing dark hoodies distracting Cook while a third boy enters the business with what appears to be a rifle and pointed it toward Cook. The 71-year-old can be seen in the video repeatedly being hit with the butt of the weapon and getting kicked while on the ground. Two people in the video can also be seen tipping over a coin-operated game machine and taking money that had been displayed inside.
Cook died from his injuries on June 9. The elderly man had been an employee at Super Suds for about four years. Coworkers called him, "kind and considerate."
The teens are expected to appear at an arraignment hearing on November 5 at 9 a.m.