Trial date set for Hamilton man charged with murder

2:11 p.m Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 Butler County
Eric Brown

A trial date has been set for a Hamilton man facing a murder charge for the shooting death of Maurice Chatman in May.

Eric Brown, 19, of the 900 block of South Second Street, appeared in Butler County Common Pleas court last week where Judge Greg Howard set his trial for Dec. 11.

In addition to murder, Brown is charged with tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability.

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Brown told Butler County Sheriff’s detectives the May 29 shooting in St. Clair Twp. was in self-defense.

Brown was questioned by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives shortly after Chatman was found dead outside a car near the intersection of Eaton and Warwick roads about 6:40 p.m., according to court documents.

Brown said he was a back seat passenger in a car driven by Chatman when Chatman stopped the vehicle “and demanded money from him and threatened to shoot him,” according to court documents obtained by the Journal-News.

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“Mr. Brown stated he pulled a gun from his pants and shot Mr. Chatman several times,” Detective Ryan Hensley wrote in the court documents.

Detectives said Brown then disposed of the gun in a creek.

Brown remains housed in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

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