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Hartford Police Make Arrest in 2008 Cold Case Killing

Hartford police have made an arrest in a fatal 2008 shooting near the XL Center.

James Dexter “Decky” Brown is charged with murder in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Kenny Sullivan.

On June 26, 2008, police responded to a reported shooting in the area of Main Street and Trumbull Street after a 93.7 Hot Jam Concert at the XL Center. They found Sullivan with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was rushed to Hartford Hospital in critical condition and died of his injuries.

Investigators discovered during the concert there were several fights at and around the XL Center between members of the “Money Green Bedrock” and “Sandz-Bridge” street gangs, groups known for gun violence over drug sale territory in the area, according to police.

Over the next eight years, investigators from the Hartford Police Department and State’s Attorney Office Cold Case Unit continued to follow up on the case. On Sept. 21, 2016, police obtained an arrest warrant for Brown, who was already incarcerated at the Butner Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, North Carolina on unrelated drug charges. After serving his sentence, Brown waived his right to extradition and was taken to Hartford on Friday.

Brown was charged with one count of murder and held on a $1 million bond.

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