Charges stem from 2011 New Year's Eve stabbing

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

Dozens of Brown’s relatives filled half the courtroom’s benches, and after the verdict was read, a steady line of teary-eyed friends and relatives hugged Brown and congratulated him.

Brown, along with Caleb and Daniel Brown, had given Taylor, his girlfriend Kendra Dumas and her cousin Selena Cooper a ride home from the Thirsty Turtle after a evening of drinking, according to testimony. Taylor and Dumas began fighting, with Dumas punching Taylor in the face and the couple bit each other on the face.

During the squabble, the Browns got involved with the fight. At one point, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to investigate reports of a loud argument, but no one was arrested.

According to testimony, after the Browns squared off with Taylor, they got into their vehicle and left with the girls.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2012, Taylor’s uncle Randall Taylor called 911 to report the stabbing.

Defense Attorney David Thomas of Defuniak Springs noted during closing arguments that there were no witnesses to the stabbing, with Taylor testifying that he couldn’t see who was stabbing him, but he identified that individual as Lawrence Brown based on the shape of his assailant’s body and his voice.

He also noted that Dumas testified that Taylor was “madder than she had ever seen him” that evening, and that Taylor was known for carrying a knife similar to a box opener.

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