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Shawnee man surrenders in ’77 killing

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL AND ANN KELLEY Modified: March 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm •  Published: March 17, 2009

/> "It was easy to legally change your name in 1977,” Lewis County, Tenn., Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick said.

Brenda Buie, Carroll’s younger sister, said she hopes this is the beginning of the end.

"I never thought this day would come,” she said.

Buie was at the hearing Monday and said James Brewer and his wife didn’t show any remorse or speak to the Carroll family.

Buie said Dorothy Brewer was at the center of the dispute between the two men.

There were rumors that James wanted to kill Jimmy, rumors that Jimmy never took seriously, she said.

Buie said the Carroll family will meet with the district attorney’s office this week about charges against Dorothy Brewer.

Carroll was a divorced father of twin 5-year-old boys at the time of his death.

"They don’t hardly remember their daddy,” Buie said, referring to her nephews. "I was 20 at the time — it’s imprinted in my mind.”

What happened?
About 4 p.m. on April 27, 1977, James and Dorothy Brewer pulled up in front of a service station in Hohenwald, Tenn. Carroll was inside the store waiting for his mother to pick him up, Buie said.

Carroll learned Brewer wanted to talk to him, but friends warned the man as he approached Brewer’s vehicle, she said.

Carroll was shot twice — once in the abdomen and once below the left shoulder — with a handgun. After the shooting, Carroll walked back into store, fell down and died at the scene, Buie said.

"He left him (Carroll) lying in a pool of blood,” said Kilpatrick, the Lewis County, Tenn., sheriff. has disabled the comments for this article.