Brenda Battiste, the mother of suspected murderer Brian Keith Brown, told 710 KIRO's Dori Monson that her son never intended to kill James Paroline and he was simply defending his 16 year old niece in law.
Brian Keith Brown, 28, has been charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the July 9 death of 60-year-old James Paroline.
Police say a neighbor videotaped part of the dispute that began when three teenage girls confronted Paroline when he set out traffic cones to keep cars from driving over a garden hose he used to water the traffic circle in the intersection. A few minutes later a man drove up and punched Paroline in the face, knocking him to the ground.
Prosecutors allege that it was Brown who punched Paroline. A police report says Paroline did not move once he hit the ground last Wednesday. He died a day later at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Battiste, on the Dori Monson show by phone from Sacramento, said her son got involved in the dispute only to find out what happened, "He didn't go down with intent to do any harm to the man, (he went) only to find out what happened and to resolve the matter in a peaceful way." she said. Is she stupid?
According to Battiste, Brown is a very peaceful and loving person who would never try to harm anyone. When pressed on the evidence in the video that police say shows Brown "sucker punching" Paroline in the face, Battiste sited the girls' account that Paroline, sprayed, insulted, and slapped or choked one of the girls involved in the initial confrontation.
I don't think it shows that.
Battiste says her son called her after the incident and told her that he had hit someone but he didn't mean to, but he had become angry and was trying to defend the girls' honor. Battiste said "He told me that the guy (Paroline) had slapped one of them (the girls), he squirted one of them, and he choked one of them and he went down asking why he (Paroline) was picking on little 16-year old minors. And the guy said something smart to him and I guess one thing led to another and things transpired from there."