A woman is reportedly suing the Fulton County, Georgia’s district attorney’s office for losing evidence she claims could prove James Brown was murdered.
CNN reports that Jacquelyn Hollander, a circus singer who worked with Brown in the past, has been pressuring the prosecutors to find evidence she provided in 2020 that has since disappeared under the office’s watch.
Prosecutors reportedly did open an inquiry into the Godfather of Soul’s 2006 death from congestive heart failure after Hollander volunteered the items over to the DA’s office. He died at Emory University hospital in Atlanta.
A year after the evidence was presented to authorities, prosecutors determined there was “an insufficient basis for the initiation of a Grand Jury investigation” and did not further investigate any leads the potential evidence may have provided.
Hollander did reportedly receive some of the items last March, however much of it was missing, including a stiletto believed to be worn in the hospital room the night Brown died.
Hollander sued Fani Willis, the current DA, in January in Fulton County Superior Court demanding documents related to the inquiry. Despite the requirement to respond to the filing within 30 days of receipt, Hollander didn’t receive correspondence from Willis until May 8, after Hollander’s attorneys filed a motion for default judgment.
Attorneys for Willis told the judge the late response was caused by “excusable neglect.”