Atlanta (CNN)An Atlanta prosecutor will study singer James Brown’s demise after assembly Wednesday with a lady who stated she has proof that Brown was murdered.
Fulton County District Lawyer Paul Howard Jr. informed CNN his investigators would conduct interviews and weigh potential proof earlier than deciding whether or not to launch a full-scale demise investigation.
Brown, one of many nation’s most outstanding entertainers, died at 73 at a hospital in Atlanta on December 25, 2006. His demise certificates blamed a coronary heart assault and fluid within the lungs. However Marvin Crawford, the physician who signed that certificates, stated in a 2017 interview with CNN that he’d at all times puzzled what introduced on these occasions—and whether or not Brown’s sudden demise had been brought on by a poisonous substance.
“He modified too quick,” Crawford stated. “He was a affected person I’d by no means have predicted would have coded. … However he died that evening, and I did increase that query: What went unsuitable in that room?”
One 12 months in the past, CNN revealed an investigative sequence that raised questions on Brown’s demise. It cited 13 individuals who needed both an post-mortem or a felony investigation. These individuals included Brown’s supervisor, his son Daryl, his final spouse, a person who claimed to have taken a vial of Brown’s blood from the hospital and Jacque Hollander, the circus singer who first known as CNN in 2017 to allege that Brown had been murdered.
It was Hollander who met with the district lawyer on Wednesday. She’d tried to rearrange the assembly in 2019, however she says nobody known as her again. In January, after CNN requested the prosecutor’s spokesman about her calls, Howard stated he was keen to satisfy together with her. And he agreed to let a CNN reporter and a digicam crew into the convention room in the course of the interview.
Howard introduced two different prosecutors into the assembly, however he carried out the interview himself. He took notes on a white authorized pad as Hollander informed her story. She gave a listing of different attainable witnesses, handed over a stack of printed textual content messages, and defined how she got here into possession of a inexperienced plastic storage bin that she stated was full of proof.
“So,” Howard requested her, because the bin sat on a cart on the finish of the convention desk, “are you bringing the bin to go away right here?”
“Nicely,” she stated, “I positive don’t desire it.”
Howard accepted the bin and its contents. He stated his investigators would take a look at Hollander’s story within the coming months after which resolve whether or not to open a full investigation. After Howard completed the interview, Hollander had a non-public assembly with an assistant district lawyer who took stock of the objects Hollander introduced in. She walked out of the Fulton County courthouse holding a property receipt.
About three years in the past, she known as CNN with the astonishing declare that each James Brown and his third spouse, Adrienne, had been murdered.
Adrienne Brown died January 6, 1996, in California whereas recovering from cosmetic surgery. Police in Beverly Hills declined to open an investigation into her demise.
In textual content messages downloaded from Hollander’s iPhone, interviews with greater than 140 individuals and tens of 1000’s of pages of police and court docket paperwork, CNN discovered many causes to query whether or not James or Adrienne Brown died of pure causes. The ensuing three-part sequence generated information headlines world wide, from Germany to Brazil, in publications from Rolling Stone to The Guardian, and a few individuals puzzled what the authorities would do subsequent.
A curious silence adopted. Nobody in energy appeared keen to take the subsequent step.
Police in Atlanta declined to open an investigation into James Brown’s demise. A full 12 months handed. After which the district lawyer granted Hollander an viewers.
“He was very form,” she stated outdoors the courthouse Wednesday afternoon. “I feel he’ll resolve this.”