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New Bohemians Keyboardist Shot Dead

9/3/2007 10:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A keyboard player for the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians was shot to death early Monday in Dallas, while trying to kick in the door at his girlfriend's neighbor's house, police said.

Jeffrey Carter Albrecht was shot by a neighbor who may have believed he was a burglar trying to break into the home. The 34-year-old Albrecht died at the scene. It was not clear why Albrecht went to the house and the case is under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Danny Balis, Albrecht's roommate and fellow member of the Dallas rock band Sorta, told the AP the shooter lived next door to Albrecht's girlfriend. "He was at his girlfriend's house last night," Balis said. "He left the house and went next door and -- for whatever reason, which we don't know -- he knocked on the neighbor's door. And from what I understand, he was persistent. I don't know if there was a verbal exchange, but the person panicked and fired a shot through the door."

Albrecht had been with the New Bohemians since 1999. He had played with frontwoman Brickell's husband, Paul Simon. He also played with Charlie Sexton.

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djrefuesal    

thats crazy!!

2569 days ago
2.

Wicked    

R.I.P. Eddie.

2569 days ago
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spy    

I can understand such things. There are crazy people in this world who have a high enough intelligence to "fake" things and "hold it together" for a long time, and then just lose that control and show their true insanity. I am one of the people who is insane and is holding it together, but I am sure someday (probably soon, things seem to be coming to an uncontrollable climax in my diseased mind), I will snap and I will die like this person.

2569 days ago
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Bird    

That's too bad, but if he is from Texas than he knows EVERYONE owns at least one gun. You can't go kicking down people's doors all willy nilly.

2569 days ago
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Bird    


#3, if you know you need help then why don't you just get it? You've already made the first step in admitting you have a problem.

2569 days ago
6.

Democrats are evil    

A citizen has every right to bear arms and defend his or her property if they feel they are in harms way. What ever this guy was up to, trying to kick in the neighbors door, one thing for sure, the owner of the door wasn't voluntarily letting him in. Live peacefully and you will live long. live un-peacefully and all bets are off.

2569 days ago
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Wicked    

I meant R.I.P. Jeffrey. Sorry about that.

2569 days ago
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Derek Williams    

You know what might have happened? His girlfriend may have complained about her neighbor to her boyfriend and he probably went next door to "be a man" and it got him shot to death!

Mark my words.

2569 days ago
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Tasha    

I don't care what state you live in, kicking someone door down is a damn good way to smoked!

2569 days ago
10.

whatever    

The Dallas Morning News states: "authorities say beat up his girlfriend and then tried to kick in a neighbor's door in an apparent drunken rage. "

2569 days ago
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whatever    

According to police, Mr. Albrecht and his girlfriend had been partying at a Greenville Avenue bar. He had gotten drunk, and she had driven them to her home in the 9000 block of Santa Clara Drive, just east of White Rock Lake, police said.

The girlfriend told police that Mr. Albrecht slammed a drinking glass on a table, cutting his hand. He then struck the girlfriend in the face several times with his fist, knocking her to the floor at about 4 a.m. Monday, the report said.

He hit her in the back while she was on the floor, the report said. She broke away from Mr. Albrecht and ran outside. He followed her, according to the report. She then went around to the back yard and through the back door, locking Mr. Albrecht out, the report said.

Mr. Albrecht "attempted a few times to gain access to the … residence by knocking and banging on the door," but could not get in, the report said. Police believe Mr. Albrecht then went to the back of nearby neighbor's home.

The neighbor told police "he was awakened when he heard his wife screaming that someone was breaking into the house." The man was kicking and banging at the door, and the homeowner yelled at him to stop.

When the man, identified as Mr. Albrecht, didn't stop, the homeowner who was armed with a handgun "shot one time at the top of the door," the report said.

"He was trying to shoot over his head to scare him away," but Mr. Albrecht "is rather tall," said Sgt. Larry Lewis, a homicide supervisor, estimating the musician's height to be 6-foot-5.

Mr. Albrecht was shot once time in the head and died at the scene.

2569 days ago
12.

Lillianne    

Those poor neighbors. They must be horrified.

2569 days ago
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cottonmouth_texas    

I knew CarterAlbrecht very well. He is the last person in the world that one would expect to have a violent outburst like this. Something about this story seems either fabricated, or at the vey least, unresolved. Carter was a peaceful, creative person. I never heard him raise his voice or speak disrespectfully about anyone during the entire time that I knew him. This is an absolutely huge loss for the Dallas music community, and I'm sure Edie is heartbroken as well. RIP, Carter Albrecht.

2569 days ago
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superchunk    

BIG mistake neighbor. welcome to murder charges...got to wait til that guy
breaks down the door and then shoot him...you can bet his family will press HARD for charges against this over-reactive neighbor. outside the door is no self-defense.

2569 days ago
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whatever    

#13....there is a new law, nicknamed the "Castle doctrine," eliminates the requirement that someone has to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves. The law already allows a person to use deadly force to prevent someone from committing a break-in at night.



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