Man pleads innocent to killing father |

Man pleads innocent to killing father

A Grass Valley man accused of killing his father during an argument will appear in court next week after pleading not guilty to manslaughter charges.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson filed one charge of voluntary manslaughter and one charge of involuntary manslaughter against Franklin Brown V last month.

According to court files, Ferguson offered to drop the voluntary manslaughter charge against Brown if he were to plead no contest to the involuntary manslaughter charge.

However, Brown pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Franklin Henderson Brown V was arrested last month at his father’s home on Cedar Ridge Drive. His father, Franklin Henderson Brown IV, called 911 to report he was shot in the chest during an argument.

The shooting victim’s sister, April Brandt, said her brother was a good person.

“My brother did not deserve to be killed,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Union. “He was a very talented artist who accomplished amazing things in his life.”

At the scene of the shooting, the younger Brown told an officer he shot his father in self-defense, according to law enforcement. He also allegedly showed officers the .38-caliber revolver he used to shoot his father.

The elder Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

The younger Brown is being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. April 12 in Nevada County Superior Court.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@the or call 477-4236.

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