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Trial date set in Kingsport double murder

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Sep 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A trial date has been set for a woman accused in a November 2006 double murder at a local business.

Octavia Brooks, 24, will go to trial June 16, 2008, for her alleged role in the deaths of Solé Body Essentials owner Jeffrin L. Nolan, 27, of Johnson City, and Terrence D. Alexander, 21, of Kingsport, inside Nolan’s shop on Myrtle Street in Kingsport last November.

Nolan died at the scene, while Alexander died a few days later at Holston Valley Medical Center. The two victims had been shot in the back of the head.

Police investigators told the Times-News in 2006 that both men had previous arrests for cocaine possession and distribution.

Brooks lived in Piney Flats prior to the shooting.

Brooks was found and arrested in New York City after the Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force pooled their resources to locate her.

According to Brooks’ booking record at the Sullivan County Detention Center, she faces two counts of felony first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery among other conspiracy and cocaine possession charges.

At a separate hearing Thursday, a Sullivan County Circuit Court judge revoked Brooks’ probation sentence for previous convictions.

The judge ordered Brooks to serve a two-year prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to the probation violation.

Brooks had been serving probation for previous convictions on charges of theft over $1,000, theft over $500, and three counts of forgery.

A Dec. 13 announcement date has also been scheduled in the the double-murder case.

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