LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kenneth Brown, Senior has been behind bars for nearly a year, awaiting trial for the murder of Louisville dancer LaShawn Talbert, known in the club scene as Sugar Shizz. Brown is speaking out from behind his jail cell to WAVE 3 News, raising questions about the crime and the charges.
In a handwritten letter to WAVE 3 News, he elaborates about the shooting, and basically admits to it. It starts off like a novel, "The question isn't if I killed LeShawn Talbert but why."
Brown would go on to describe what happened one summer night in August of 2010. He says Talbert and others went to buy marijuana off of Brown, when part of the group tried to rob Brown, causing him to fear for his life.
He writes, "One has the right to use deadly force upon another to protect himself" and "It's still robbery if you rob a drug dealer for drugs".
Talbert was known simply as Sugar Shizz in the club scene.
"Ever since he was young he was always wanting to be a dancer," said Talbert's mother Vickie. "Ever since he was five he was always doing that dance."
Vickie Talbert comes to every court appearance.
"I'm being strong," she said. "I'm thanking God that I'm finally getting the answers that I want."
But Shizz himself had a checkered past. In fact, Brown and his attorney claim Shizz had an outstanding warrant when the shooting took place. It's these details that will come up during the trial.
"There's not much you can do but sit back and listen and absorb it all and hope that justice is going to prevail," said Talbert's dad Toney Charleston.
So was itself defense as Brown claims on the night of August 18, 2010, or was it a drug deal gone wrong? Brown closes his three page letter with, "I'm no angel, but I don't deserve to be wrongfully prosecuted just because the person I killed in self defense had local celebrity status."
It's a decision a judge and jury will have to make in a courtroom at Brown's trial, which is set for June 28.
In addition to murder, Brown is facing two charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence. The 28-year-old was also facing a possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charge, but that was dropped. That felony charge stemmed from an out-of-state assault charged that was later reversed.
Brown has made headlines while behind bars. His 2-year-old son, Kenton, died in late May, after police say the boy's mom, Mollie Shouse, left Kenton in her along car outside the Devonshire Apartments for hours on a hot day.
Kenton Brown died of environmental hypothermia. The Commonwealth Attorney's Office had to work with Kenneth Brown Senior so he could attend those services.