HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The man accused of killing Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy, III, has asked the court to delay his capital murder trial due to the recent shooting death of HPD Officer Garrett Crumby.
LaJeromeny Brown, 44, was arrested on December 7, 2019. He was charged with capital murder in the death of Clardy, a Strategic Counter-Drug Team (STAC) Unit Agent, who was killed during an operation where officers were attempting to buy 100 pounds of marijuana from Brown.
Brown’s capital murder trial is currently set for October 16, but he asked the court for a continuance given the “similarities of the two cases,” and “the media frenzy,” according to court records.
The motion states, “In light of the extensive media coverage and the prejudicial atmosphere it has created, it is essential to grant a motion to continue Mr.Brown’s trial proceedings.”
Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer told News 19 they do not expect to make a decision this week and that a hearing will be scheduled within the next 60 days.
Testimony at Brown’s preliminary hearing in 2020 indicated that two HPD officers were inside the house waiting to arrest Brown when he entered. Brown entered the home and encountered Clardy, who was shot twice.
It was December 6, 2019. Clardy died later that night from his injuries.
Brown faces a capital murder charge and prosecutors have made it known that they are seeking the death penalty.
News 19’s review of Brown’s background shows more than two decades of criminal charges, ranging from drug trafficking to assaulting a police officer to imitating a police officer in Chattanooga, allegedly to rob drug dealers. Despite multiple brushes with the law Brown managed to evade lengthy jail time, apart from a 41-month sentence in federal prison dating back to 2015
On March 16, 2023, Brown was additionally charged with promoting prison contraband, after court records say he tried to bring a cell phone into the jail.