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Court Upholds Conviction For Peeler In Murder Of Bridgeport Mother, Child

Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the killing of Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr., 8, above, and his mother Karen Clarke, in their Bridgeport home, will remain in prison, the state Appellate Court ruled.
Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the killing of Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr., 8, above, and his mother Karen Clarke, in their Bridgeport home, will remain in prison, the state Appellate Court ruled. Photo Credit: Murderpedia

HARTFORD — Convicted murderer drug dealer Russell Peeler Jr. will stay in prison for ordering the execution-style killing in 1999 of Leroy "B.J." Brown, 8, and his mother, Karen Clarke, according to the Connecticut Post.

The state Appellate Court upheld the murder conviction on Monday, says the Connecticut Post.

Leroy, who was killed with his mother on Jan. 8, 1999, was expected to be the key witness against Peeler in the fatal shooting of Clarke's boyfriend. The two were killed by Peeler's brother, Adrian, who is serving 25 years in prison in the case.

Peeler was originally sentenced to death. But when the state overturned the death penalty earlier this year his sentence became life without the possibility of release.

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