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Capital murder arrests – Three charged in August shooting

Two men — one already behind bars on a murder charge, the other in jail on burglary charges — and a juvenile have been charged in the violent August home invasion that resulted in the death of 56-year-old Robert Kennedy.

Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks announced last week that APD investigators had signed capital murder warrants against the adults and filed a juvenile petition against the teenager in the August 7 shooting.

According to police reports, at approximately 3:16 a.m. on that date, city police were dispatched to 170 Broad Street, where reports were that two people had been shot inside the home. Officers entered the residence and found Kennedy, the homeowner, and Flomaton resident Joi McClammy, 45, lying in bed. Both had been shot several times.

Kennedy was taken immediately by medical evacuation helicopter to University of South Alabama Medical Center, where he later died. McClammy was taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to the same Mobile hospital, where doctors were able to save her.

Brooks would not comment on widespread reports that Kennedy had won several thousand dollars at a local race track earlier the night before he was killed and had flashed his winnings in public. The trio allegedly kicked in the door to his home and shot him and his female companion when neither would reveal where the money had been hidden.

Darrell Octavius Brown, 29, of Atmore is charged with one count each of capital murder, attempted murder, robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree in connection with the fatal incident.

Authorities arrested Brown, who has an extensive criminal history, as he sat in his Escambia County Detention Center cell. The Atmore man had been jailed since his arrest two days after the Kennedy shooting on charges that he committed or was involved in the April 27 murder of Donta Demorris Russell. Russell was gunned down inside his car just yards from Brown’s Martin Luther King Drive residence.

Deion Lamar Booth, 20, from Mobile, has been charged with one count each of capital murder, attempted murder, robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree in the Kennedy killing. The warrants against Booth, who was arrested in Mobile in August on burglary charges, were served inside the Mobile Metro Jail.

The juvenile was taken to an undisclosed juvenile detention facility.

Pictured at top, left to right, Deion Lamar Booth and Darrell Octavius Brown