By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor - email
Kenneth Brown in a high school picture.
LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted Benjamin Frazier on murder charges in a nightclub shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that left one man dead, and others injured.
The jury indicted Frazier on six counts, including one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder, battery and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Frazier, 41, is accused of shooting and killing Kenneth Brown after an argument over the cover charge at Drai's After Hours club at Bally's Hotel & Casino Oct. 21.
According to police, Frazier got into an argument with a manager and security guard and both were wounded when Frazier fired his gun.
Brown tried to wrestle the gun away from Frazier, and he was shot and killed. Police called Brown a hero because his actions likely kept others from being hurt.
Norma Sattiewhite is Brown's mother. She says the thought of her son's heroic efforts provide some comfort.
"I think of the good things also, how he gave his life to save others, and that comforts me, but it doesn't get any easier," Sattiewhite said.
During the struggle, Frazier hit his head and was injured. He was hospitalized for several days.
Defense attorney Bob Beckett, Frazier's relative, said Frazier doesn't remember the incident. In a previous interview, Beckett said Frazier never appeared dangerous.
"There was no indication anything like this was going to happen," Beckett said. He also believes substance abuse and pills may have played a role in the shooting. He plans on having his client's blood tested.
Beckett also says his client plans on pleading not guilty at his next court date Dec. 4.
As for the other people who were shot, Anthony Guerrero and Robert Faris have both recovered from their injuries.
The community has reached out to Brown's family with dozens of cards and thousands of dollars in donations to his memorial fund.
Sattiewhite says she forgives Frazier.
"I still don't have no animosity toward the shooter, in fact, I've started praying for him," Sattiewhite said.
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