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Trial Begins Tues. For Man Accused Of Shooting Spartanburg Co. Deputy

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The trial of Robert Odell Brown, accused of shooting a Spartanburg Co. deputy in 2011, is set to begin this week. The trial of Robert Odell Brown, accused of shooting a Spartanburg Co. deputy in 2011, is set to begin this week.
Robert Odell Brown, 29, is accused of shooting Deputy Brad James twice with a shotgun near the eye and in the back in November of 2011. Robert Odell Brown, 29, is accused of shooting Deputy Brad James twice with a shotgun near the eye and in the back in November of 2011.
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Updated: June 18, 2013

The trial of a man accused of shooting a Spartanburg County deputy is set to start Tuesday.

Robert Odell Brown, 29, is accused of shooting Deputy Brad James twice with a shotgun near the eye and in the back in November of 2011.

According to our coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald Journal, the jury to decide Brown's fate was picked Monday afternoon.

Updated: November 11, 2011

Robert Odell Brown is in the Spartanburg County Detention Center, where he will face charges connected to a deputy-involved shooting nearly a week ago.

Brown had been in Virginia, since he was arrested Monday morning.  Brown is accused of shooting Deputy Brad James twice with .410-gauge shot, once near the eye and once in the back.

Brown had an arraignment hearing Friday and will go before a Circuit Court Judge for a bond hearing at a later date. 

Updated: November 10, 2011

Robert Odell Brown was transported from the hospital according to the Carroll County, VA Sheriff's Office.

Brown is being held at the New River Regional Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

There's no word on his condition at this time.

Posted: November 6, 2011

Three people are in police custody and one sheriff's deputy is left recovering from a shooting that took place in Spartanburg late Sunday.

Out of state officials arrested 27-year-old Robert Odell Brown, 25-year-old Crystal Dominique Lovett and 18-year-old Shiquan Freeman for their alleged involvement in the shooting that happened around 10 p.m. following a short chase on Kimberly Drive.

Deputies say the Brown crashed his Cadillac, got out and "a scuffle ensued". Brown shot Deputy Brad James twice with .410-gauge shot, once near the eye and once in the back, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said.

Officials tell 7 On Your Side Tuesday James' condition is still the same and they are hoping his eye had no trauma and that he will regain full vision in his eye.

James, who worked narcotics and has been with the department for three years, has undergone surgery but is expected to be OK, the sheriff added.  He is left recovering with impaired vision.

Officials say James returned fire, and hit Brown before he drove off.

According to Spartanburg County Communications dispatchers, the red Cadillac Brown was driving was found on Lucerne Drive shortly before 4:00 a.m. Monday.

Brown was later traced to Virginia using cell phone tracking technology.

Brown and his alleged accomplices were arrested in Carroll County, VA after a confrontation with law officers there around 7:30 a.m. Monday. 

The Carroll County VA Sheriff's Office says Spartanburg County deputies followed the suspect's car to their jurisdiction and they called for assistance.

There was a brief chase there before the two men and woman were arrested.

Officials say Brown was shot two more times in an attempt to get away.  He is recovering from his wounds in the hospital.  He is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

Lovett and Freeman are charged with accessory after the fact to a felony of murder.

Sheriff Wright held a press conference Monday afternoon about the trio.

Wright told reporters that Brown has a lengthy criminal history in the Upstate.  Wright said this is a case where the justice system has failed us.  He also said more arrests may be likely.

Wright also thanked the Carroll County VA Sheriff's Office for their quick response in this case.

Wright went on to call Deputy Brad James a "hero" who was doing his job. 

Wright also took the time to push for personal protection and the use of concealed weapons permits.  He made the same suggestions last week after the arrest of an accused rapist.  Read the full story here.

As of Tuesday afternoon, officials say there are no plans for extradition for the three suspects.

7 On Your Side checked in with Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette to see what can be done to keep Spartanburg County safer. He says changes need to be made to stiffen the penalties of crimes, making it easier to give someone a life sentence.

"This increase in the law would help us tremendously to handle those situations," said Barnette.

Right now - there's a two or three strike rule of sorts, depending on the seriousness of the crime. Barnette says including more types of crimes in these strikes, would keep repeat offenders behind bars.

He plans on talking with state lawmakers again to try and get something changed and get some stiffer laws in place.

"We just need more weapons to use in the system," he explained. "It's hard dealing with these people over and over again."

Barnette also points out that even if they were able to keep everyone behind bars, the jails are already crowded. He thinks changes need to start with keeping kids out of crime, before they wind up as those repeat offenders.

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