Family asks for info on murder at Brick House

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Wearing T-shirts with his picture on them, five members of murdered LaShelton Kernard Stanford's family met with Albany Police Department investigators Thursday.

"The police have not been calling me with information," said Sheryl Stanford, the victim's mother. "I'm not going to let this slip down and become a cold case. I want anyone who knows anything to call the police."

LaShelton Stanford, 20, was gunned down Feb. 14, shot seven times at Brick House Productions during a melee that spilled into the parking lot at 1708 Schilling Ave., police reported.

Sheryl Stanford felt perplexed that she had not heard any updates from police after 18 days, she said. She made an appointment for her murdered son's twin, a sister, two cousins and herself to come from Jackson to meet with investigators.

The family met with investigators on the case at about 2 p.m. when they were filled in about the investigation's progress, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

"This was an extension of the family that had not come here after the shooting. We always diligently try to keep families updated on the course of an investigation," Banks said. "Investigators updated them on the progress so far in the case, including the arrests that have been made."

The shooter is not known, but the police arrested five men in connection with the melee that resulted in the murder.

JaCory Antwan Butts, Antonio Seay and Henry Wallace, all 20, Shernard Smith, 18, and Shacoby Seay, 17, all of Albany, are in Dougherty County Jail charged with aggravated assault, a jail spokeswoman said. Smith and the younger Seay also face gang participation charges.

On their first trip to Albany, Stanford's family also hoped to meet with Gregory Edwards, district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit, Stanford said. They didn't have an appointment.

"I was engaged with a meeting of law enforcement officers," Edwards said. "I could always meet with them as soon as a time could be arranged."

Twin LeShelton Stanford also wanted to see the place where his brother was gunned down, he said. His brother had never been to Brick House Productions before he was shot, he added.

"I want to go there. I want to see it. It was a recording studio and my brother had a beautiful singing voice. He didn't go there for trouble," Stanford said. "I'm glad they shut it down before someone else gets shot down."

The Albany City Commission unanimously revoked the business licenses of the recording studio/video studio business with a history of violence on Feb. 26.

From late December 2007 until the recent murder, there have been 30 incidents including aggravated assault, armed robbery, weapons violations, narcotic violations, liquor law violations and other incidents at the production business. It operated with another business at the same location, Brick City, which also lost its license, city sources reported.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.