Country songwriter seeks justice in son's death - WSMV Channel 4

Country songwriter seeks justice in son's death

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A prominent Music City songwriter is asking Metro detectives to re-open the case of his son's death, eight years after the fact.

Freddy Weller once topped the country music charts and performed with groups such as Paul Revere and the Raiders. He eventually moved to Brentwood with his wife - a beautiful German model and actress.

It seemed they had the perfect life, but something was missing.

"We were told we would never have children, so he was very special," said Pippy Weller.

Their son, Brandon Weller, was born in 1979. He would become the love of their lives, and the couple say they have never been the same since losing him.

Although officials ruled Brandon Weller's death an accident, the Wellers have always believed someone else may have been responsible, especially after learning what happened to their son the night before he died.

Freddy and Pippy Weller acknowledge that Brandon Weller made his mistakes. In fact, he even went to rehab after having problems with drugs.

But in 2004, the Wellers would get news that would change their lives forever. Brandon Weller, just months away from getting married and graduating college at Middle Tennessee State University, was dead at age 25.

The medical examiner ruled Brandon Weller's death an accidental drug overdose after finding cocaine, morphine and diazepam in his system.

However, the night before he died, the Wellers said Brandon Weller was assaulted and robbed of $3,000.

"When you attack someone, and someone holds you down and you are kicked in the temple, there's a good chance you could die," Pippy Weller said.

The Wellers have questions about how their son's death was investigated.

They said it was five against one that night when Brandon Weller was kicked in the temple by someone he thought was his friend.

The autopsy report even notes that Brandon Weller had blunt trauma to the head that caused contusions, brain edema and a large hemorrhage.

His parents said he was planning to go to the police the following Monday to report the robbery, but he died before he could go.

The Wellers point out another question they have with the police report filed on Brandon Weller's death. A witness stated he was drinking alcohol heavily the night he died, but a toxicology test found no alcohol in his system.

The Wellers got the case reexamined in 2007, but police still thought drugs were to blame.

Now, they are now turning to the Channel 4 I-Team for help.

Pippy Weller said years after Brandon Weller's death she received a bizarre phone call from one of the five who had been there at the time Brandon was attacked.

"He said, 'Brandon was not supposed to die. He could have been saved,'" Pippy Weller said.

The Wellers said all they want is justice for Brandon and to know for sure what happened to their son. They also want the five people who were there when Brandon Weller was reportedly attacked questioned, as well as those that may have been at the Nashville apartment where he died.

Until that happens, the Wellers say they will never be able to stop fighting for Brandon. For the last eight years, they have mourned in their Brentwood home, rarely leaving the house.

Freddy Weller has been unable to get back to the music he loved so much - the music that made him famous - until, in his pain and grief, he recently wrote a song for his son.

Metro police said they closed the case on Brandon Weller after they agreed with the medical examiner's finding that his death was caused by the drugs in his system and not from the fight he was in the night before.

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