Brother wants justice in brutal double murder


Every year on the anniversary of his brother’s death, Joseph Netherton has painful flashbacks. 

“He was on a gurney with a bandage wrapped around his head and blood still coming through the bandage dripping on the floor,” Netherton said.

October 23, 1993, his 18-year-old brother Robert Netherton II and friend 15-year-old James Upchurch were shot and killed in a car while driving near Brentwood.

Robert was shot three times in the back of his head.

“I grabbed him and shook him and begged him to wake up, open his eyes,” Netherton said. “He was lifeless.”

Twenty-five years later, the case still hasn’t been solved.

“I am very frustrated, my whole family is,” he said.

“For 25 years, we’ve been waiting, every day,” Netherton said. “My mother calls and calls and calls. She won’t give up.”

Police believe the shooter was in the car with them but don’t why it happened.

Netherton says about 20 detectives have handled the case but says not enough is being done.

“I don’t believe they’re putting the effort in,” he said.

Metro police say the case is still open and active.

Decades later, the family still pours over old news clips, hoping someone with information can break the case.

“I wish they would come forward,” he said.

Netherton says even if they finally get justice, it will never bring his brother back.

“There still is no closure ever,” he said. “And there never will be.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers (615) 74-CRIME.

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