CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A Clarksville man accused of shooting his teenage brother in the head has pleaded guilty to homicide.
Brian Holden Smith, 24, was charged with reckless homicide in the death of his 15-year-old brother, Demarcus Derelle Mosley.
On Nov. 21, 2012, at 5:08 a.m., 911 dispatch received a call of a shooting at 1594 Vista Lane, Apt. 3. When Clarksville Police arrived, they discovered Demarcus wounded but alert. He was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a previous report.
Smith initially told police he'd heard gunfire then saw two men running down the street. He gave a detailed clothing description, the report said.
Police determined there were several people in the apartment, and Smith had been handling the gun. He pointed it at his brother's head, and the gun discharged. Smith admitted to the shooting.
He entered open guilty pleas in court Thursday to reckless homicide and an amended charge of facilitation of aggravated robbery. Through his agreement, Smith can receive no less than three years and no more than 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4 by Judge John H. Gasaway.
CPD Detectives Eric Ewing and Nicholas Newman investigated the shooting and determined that Smith, Mosley and a 17-year-old juvenile, Joseph Christopher "J.R." Watkins, had committed an aggravated robbery earlier that morning, according to court records.
One man who was in the apartment during the shooting told police that Smith and the two juveniles had robbed two men, taking a gun from one of them. Watkins had allegedly texted the men and arranged for them to buy marijuana. During the transaction-turned-robbery, Watkins was cut on the face and fled.
Smith was charged with aggravated robbery, contributing to delinquency of Mosley and two counts of the aggravated child abuse of Mosley. Those counts were dismissed in the settlement.
Watkins, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. He has a settlement date scheduled for July 30.
Art Bieber, assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case.