Man Convicted in Comic's Murder has Parole Hearing

David 'Stringbean' Akeman
By Associated Press | 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The man sentenced to 198 years in prison for the 1973 killing of country comic David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, is being considered for parole.

The Tennessean reports John A. Brown was to appear Wednesday to ask for his release.

The Board of Parole denied his last request in 2011, with Chairman Charles Traughber saying that the couple's killing was one of the most serious crimes there can be and noted that more than 450 people wrote to the board to oppose his release.

The Akemans were fatally shot as they returned to their home in Ridgetop following a performance of the Grand Ole Opry. Stringbean also performed on the TV program "Hee Haw."

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