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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Casey Brown appears for initial hearing in Lawrence County Superior Court I Monday afternoon bond revoked

LAWRENCE COUNTY - MARCH 11, 2024 - Casey Brown 38, Fort Ritner appeared in Lawrence County Superior Court I for his initial hearing at 1:00 pm Monday afternoon under extra security.

Brown having issues with his hearing was given a device to help him answer questions asked by Judge John Plummer III during the proceedings.

Brown having a speech impediment when responding to the Judge's questions and inquiries responded in a low voice in the approximate 10 minute proceeding.

Casey Brown is accused of murder in the shooting death of Kobe Stancombe 21, Bedford, Indiana on the morning of February 24, 2024 at Brown's residence in Fort Ritner.

Photo: Casey Brown is accused of murder in the shooting death of Kobe Stancombe 21, Bedford

Brown is facing three charges which include, murder, attempted murder with intentional killing of another both Level 1 Felonies, and criminal confinement a Level - 3 Felony.

Brown is facing up to 121 years in prison, a $30,000 fine for his crimes on February 24, 2024 and additional 910 days in Indiana Department of Corrections for probation violations in his May 2023 crime of possession of a hoax device, and was sentenced to one year probation previously.

During the proceedings it was learned that Brown attempted to shoot another female, and held Bradley Harper against his will on the day of the murder of Kobe Stancombe.

Judge John Plummer III is holding Brown at Lawrence County Jail with no bond on both cases being presented in Lawrence County Superior Court I.

Photo: Kobe Stancombe 21, Bedford was shot and killed by Casey Brown on February 24,2024

Harper was with Brown during a stand-off with police at the Hucks in Paoli on February 24th the day of the murder. Harper taken in custody without incident, however after several hours in a stand-off with police Brown shot himself.

Brown was flown to U of L Hospital, in Louisville, KY under the custody of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

Brown remained at U of L Hospital, in Louisville until last Friday, when he was booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

In addition, to Brown's latest charges he is also facing a petition to revoke probation after he failed to comply with the terms of his probation.

A not guilty plea was entered on Brown's behalf jury trial scheduled on September 11, 2024.

Brown requested a public defender to represent him on both of his criminal proceedings.

Lawrence County Chief Public Defender Tim Sledd was in the courtroom with Brown, and Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III appointing the Lawrence County Public Defender Agency to represent him throughout the court proceedings from this point forward.

The probation charge stems from May 2023 when Brown barricaded himself in a barn at his Fort Ritner residence and threatened police officers with an explosive device.

Brown was arrested for Failure to appear on the original charge of criminal recklessness with a firearm on that day. Brown refused to come out of the barn for more than four hours.

A SWAT team eventually entered the barn to take Brown into custody. Brown was charged for the active warrant and the additional charges of resisting law enforcement, intimidation, possession of a hoax device, and disorderly conduct.

Brown entered into a plea agreement with the Lawrence County Prosecutors Office Sam Arp II and his attorney Denise Turner.

On August 31st, 2023, Lawrence County Judge John Plummer III suspended Brown's 910 days to the Indiana Department of Corrections on possession of a hoax device, and sentenced him to one year on probation.

Brown's remaining charges was dismissed by Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel Arp II in the plea agreement.

Brown's next court appearance will be on March 19, 2024 in Lawrence County Superior Court I.

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