Melvin Lewis Brown Jr.
Photo: Athens Banner-Herald
Photo: Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia man convicted in retrial of ‘pork skins’ shooting death

A Georgia man went to a gathering at his aunt’s house in Athens in February 2014 to watch the Super Bowl. But before the day was over, he had shot and killed a man after an argument over pork skins, authorities said.

On Friday, for the second time in four years, Melvin Lewis Brown Jr., 41, was convicted of murder and other charges in connection with the shooting, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

The man he killed, Javious Cordez Tucker, was the son of a man who had been dating Brown’s aunt for years, the newspaper reported.

The argument reportedly broke out when Brown allegedly wouldn’t share his pork skins with Tucker.

Brown left the house and walked down the street, and Tucker followed in his car, according to testimony. Tucker got a tire iron from the trunk and waved it “in a menacing manner.”

Brown got a pistol from his own car, according to the report, and shot into the approaching car nine times, hitting Tucker seven times. Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brown was arrested two days later at a traffic stop in Gwinnett County, the newspaper reported, dressed as a woman.

The Georgia Supreme Court in February overturned Brown’s 2014 conviction, ruling that the judge should not have allowed the jury to hear evidence of Brown’s aggravated assault convictions.

As after the first conviction, Brown was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to online court records.

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