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Brooks receives April trial date in shooting

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By Susan Sharp

Appearing in criminal court Monday Rodney Brooks entered a not guilty plea in the shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Potter.

Potter is the son of Brooks’ one time girlfriend, LaFollette Police said shortly after the shooting last year.

Last month, a grand jury indicted Brooks for attempted second-degree murder in the case.

Showing up in court Monday shackled, Brooks entered his plea garnering the public defender’s office as his legal counsel.

After a brief discussion, it was indicated Brooks wanted to bypass any talks of a plea agreement.

He was given a trial date of April 8.

Potter and Brooks had been quarrelling regarding Potter’s mother at the time of the shooting, police said following the incident.

During the course of the LPD investigation, it was learned Brooks allegedly shot Potter twice at close range with a .25 caliber semi-automatic gun, the report said.

Brooks then allegedly fled the home before authorities arrived.

However, hours later the LPD arrested Brooks without incident.

As police investigated the shooting and believed suspect, they learned Brooks had a lengthy criminal history, Det. Lt. Monty Miller said at the time.

Brooks faces an additional charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.