By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock Police are searching for suspects in an overnight shooting that left a man dead. A 911 caller said they heard shots fired shortly after midnight Sunday morning around 24th Place and Avenue L.
Minutes after searching the area police found 52-year-old Brian James Brinson of Midland slumped over and unresponsive in his 1995 Mercedes that was parked along 24th Place. "It does appear to be a shooting so far. They did observe what appears to be one apparent gunshot wound to the torso," said Captain Greg Stevens, Lubbock Police Department.
"Everything we got so far does lead us to believe that it is apparently a homicide," said Stevens.
While there are little answers to the mystery surrounding Brinson's death, records show Brinson has a criminal past of his own.
Criminal records shows in 1989 Brinson along with three others were sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating 8-year-old Dayna Broussard to death. It was a death that sparked an investigation leading to 53 children taken into custody by the state of Oregon.
These kids were part of the California religious-based Ecclesia Athletic Association founded by Eldridge Broussard who got negative national attention for his intense views. "There is either a maniac, a prophet, or a supremely intelligent intellectual here because I'm one of those three," Broussard yelled into a camera during an interview in the 1980's.
The controversial group promised to better the lives of inner city kids from the ghetto by giving them a better life through rigorous athletic training and teaching religion.
In 1987 the group moved to a to a two story farm house in rural Sandy, Oregon where news reports say the kids were subject to harsh discipline and systematic beatings. Articles in The Los Angeles Times report some of the kids would receive up to 800 blows with a paddle while the other kids were forced to watch and count the hits.
This would be the fate of 8-year-old Dayna, the founder's daughter. On October 14th, 1988 Dayna's beaten body was taken to a nearby fire house.
During testimony in court, prosecutors say Dayna had been beaten hundreds of times by staff members with bamboo rods, braided electrical cords, and plastic pipe. Her crime? Stealing food from another kid after she was told she couldn't eat as a punishment.
Medical examiners state she died from blunt force injuries. The Ecclesia Athletic Association no longer exists.
Brinson served time in prison from 1989 to 2001 for Dayna's death. The next year Brinson went back to prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Brinson had only been out of prison a year before he was found dead.
Anyone with information about Brinson's recent activities is asked to call Crime Line at 741-1000. Callers may remain anonymous.
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