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Rap song, ”Knuck If You Buck,” by Crime Mob blamed for teen murder

Police say the song, by Crime Mob, revved up the crowd at a party where Baron P. Braswell II, a Spotsylvania County Virginia high school student was attacked.

Back in July 2006, a judge ordered a mental evaluation for Marvin M. Parker II, the Fredericksburg teenager charged with first-degree murder for the Jan. 20th fatal stabbing of Baron P. Braswell II, a Spotsylvania County Virginia high school student, at a hotel dance party.

At sentencing in Spotsylvania, Parker's attorney planned to focus on the role of the rap song "Knuck If You Buck" by Atlanta-based rap group Crime Mob in the 16-year-old Braswell's death.

"It represents the dark side," defense attorney Charles C. Cosby Jr. said of the song, "Knuck If You Buck," after Marvin M. Parker, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the January death of Baron P. Braswell II. "Knuck If You Buck" was the 2004 debut single by Atlanta-based Crime Mob. The song's explicit lyrics mention punching and stomping someone to the floor. The words in the song's title are generally defined on the Internet as getting ready to fight.

Police say the song, by Crime Mob, revved up the crowd at a party where Braswell was attacked.

Braswell's father said later that he doesn't care for the song's lyrics either, but that his 16-year-old son died at the hands of a young man, not a song.

"In our society, people always want to have an excuse as to why they don't [measure] up, instead of taking responsibility for your own actions," he said. "I just find that a little bit distasteful."

Parker, who was 17 at the time of Braswell's death, was scheduled to be tried late October for life-sentencing first-degree murder, but pleaded to second-degree murder, which carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison. He entered an Alford plea, meaning he does not admit guilt but concedes that the evidence is sufficient to convict him.

Judge Ann Hunter Simpson of Spotsylvania Circuit Court could sentence Parker to as little as probation because he was a juvenile when he stabbed Braswell at a Jan. 20 dance party at a Howard Johnson motel.

Parker and five other Fredericksburg teens were charged in connection with Braswell's death, but four were later convicted of misdemeanor assault after the prosecutor determined they did not know Parker. A fifth teen was acquitted.

After a 45-minute hearing, Braswell's father said he was satisfied with the plea deal but is still trying to make sense of his older son's death. "It breaks my heart that a kid who stood for everything that is good was taken away from us by a kid who was consumed with evil."

Soure: Richmond Times-Dispacth

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