Key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial and neighbor of Botham Jean, shot to death in Dallas


By Amir Vera, Hollie Silverman and Ashley Killough | CNN

A man who was a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was fatally shot Friday in the parking lot of his apartment complex, according to attorney Lee Merritt.

Joshua Brown was a neighbor of shooting victim Botham Jean at the South Side Flats apartments. Jean was sitting in his unit in September 2018 when Guyger walked inside and shot him to death. Brown says he lived directly across the hall from Jean.

Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family, told CNN he spoke to Brown’s mother who confirmed the death. Kimberlee Leach, spokesperson for Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, also confirmed late Saturday that Brown was the victim in the shooting.

Dallas police responded to a call for a shooting at the Atera Apartments complex around 10:30 p.m. Friday, police told CNN.

Officers were flagged down by witnesses who directed them to Brown, who was lying on the ground of the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Brown was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to a statement from Dallas Police.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-dour sedan speed out of the parking lot, police said.

There is no suspect information at this time, police said.

Merritt wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night that the medical examiner told him Brown was shot in the mouth and chest.

“He was ambushed at his apartment complex as he got out of his car and shot at close range,” Merritt wrote, adding that Brown’s mother asked him to “do whatever it takes to get to the bottom” of her son’s murder.

“She suspects foul play and it is difficult to rule it out,” Merritt wrote. “He had no known enemies. He worked for a living. He was not in the streets. We need answers. Immediately.”

‘He said it could have been him’

Brown said during his testimony he was originally from Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Texas in 2008.

He attended college in southern Florida where studied interdisciplinary sciences. He tried to play football after college, but got into roofing. He says he was a roofing contractor for a few years. At the time of his testimony, Brown said he was managing four Airbnb’s in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.

Merritt said Brown lived in constant fear of gun violence and that’s why he was emotional on the witness stand during the trial.

“He said it could have been him,” Merritt said.

Merritt wrote in a Facebook post that Brown’s murder “underscores the reality of the black experience in America.”

“Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise,” he wrote.

Joshua Brown’s testimony

Brown testified that he met Jean the day he was killed. He said he was down the hall from his apartment when he heard the voices of two people who sounded like they were meeting by “surprise.” The gunshots followed “right after,” he …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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