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Police turn over LaLa Brown case to DA for charges

Posted at 5:43 AM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 06:47:44-05

Ten years since standout R&B singer Yolanda Rose "LaLa" Brown and Jetannue "Kool Aid" Clayborn were gunned down in Clayborn's Milwaukee recording studio, LaLa's father, William Brown, still mourns the loss of his beautiful, talented, self-made daughter.

He’s frustrated. He says detectives have told him there is a person of interest locked up in a federal penitentiary and that they’ve put together a solid case against that person.

“They think they got a pretty good case,” Brown said as he sat in his north side living room surrounded by pictures of his beautiful daughter. “I don’t know what’s holding up the DA right now.”

Milwaukee police didn’t offer any details about their investigation but did confirm it has been completed as of Wednesday.

In an email, police said, “MPD has turned the case over to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office and is awaiting a charging decision.”

“They do their investigation. They turn over paperwork to the DA,” Brown said. “The DA has to take it to the court and get a trial. That’s frustrating because it’s not in the court system yet and it’s been a long time.”

Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern has a slightly different take on the state of the La La Brown case. Late Wednesday, he told TODAY'S TMJ4, “ADA Paul Tiffin has been working with the MPD cold case unit on this investigation for some time and that investigation is still open and active.”

Brown maintains prosecutors told him they intended to charge the person of interest who is in federal custody on another conviction. Brown has a message for prosecutors.

“Do like you told me,” he said. “Charge the person that you say you was going to charge!”

At the end of the business day Wednesday, Lovern had not replied to TODAY'S TMJ4's email pointing out the inconsistencies between what police released and what his statement said.