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'It's absurd:' Civil rights activist speaks out for woman charged with beating man to death in Brier Creek

Posted February 16, 2021 4:16 p.m. EST
Updated February 17, 2021 8:33 a.m. EST

— Family members and a civil rights activist representing a woman accused in a beating death in Brier Creek in 2019 say she is wrongfully charged.

The incident happened outside a pizza restaurant in Brier Creek. Witnesses told investigators the attack happened because of a dispute over a parking spot.

LaDaja Nelson remains in jail, charged with the murder of 65-year-old William Allison, with a $5 million bond.

Her family contacted a civil rights group to look into the case.

Civil rights activist John Barnett, speaking for the family, questions the validity of the charges against Nelson.

"So the questionable concepts of this particular case is that this individual died almost two weeks later, and yet she's being charged for this particular murder," he said.

Barnett calls the charges "absurd," and said he's appalled and upset and disappointed with the DA.

He said, "I can't wait to meet with her, so I can tell our side of the story."

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