Oliver pleads guilty to murder

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 7, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

A 19-year-old pled guilty this week to the March 2005 murder of a 22-year-old, and may spend the rest of his life in jail. A second man involved in the shooting is expected to stand trial.

Dallas County Circuit Judge Jack Meigs accepted the plea agreement of Issac Jevelle Oliver, who was charged with capital murder in the death of Charles Edward Brown. Brown died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

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Jesse Lee Brown, 19, was also charged with capital murder and is expected to stand trial during the next term of criminal court next month, according to court records. If convicted he could be sentenced to die in Alabama’s electric chair. Both defendants were Selma High School students at the time of the shooting on the Cecil Jackson Bypass.

According to police reports, Oliver was a passenger in a vehicle the night of March 20, 2005, driven by Jesse Brown, who pursued a vehicle driven by Charles E. Brown. Oliver admitted to discharging his .40-caliber weapon into the vehicle, striking Brown and causing his vehicle to run off the highway.

“These young men have taken a life and have ruined their own lives, along with the lives Charles E. Brown’s family,”

said District Attorney Michael Jackson. “This murder could have been avoided if these young men had settled their differences with communication instead of a gun. Unfortunately, Charles’ bright light has been extinguished.”