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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Donald Q. Cochran
, United States Attorney
Contact: David Boling

Second Nashville Man Indicted for 2016 Robbery/Murder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 23, 2019 – A superseding indictment returned yesterday charged Christopher Brazelton, 24, of Nashville, Tennessee, with conspiring to commit and committing Hobbs Act Robbery; using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm resulting in death; conspiring to tamper with a witness; and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. Brandon Hunt-Clark, 22, also of Nashville, was previously indicted last month in connection with this case. 


According to the indictment, these charges resulted from the robbery and murder of Justin Lawton, who was found shot to death in Nashville on December 14, 2016.  The indictment also charges that Hunt-Clark and Brazelton conspired with unnamed others to tamper with a witness who had knowledge of that robbery and murder. 


Both defendants are in custody and if convicted, face up to life in prison. 


This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunny A.M. Koshy is prosecuting the case.


The charges in the indictment are merely accusations.  Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 



Nashville Field Division