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Slain witness in Amber Guyger murder trial was prior victim of gun violence, sources say

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A former neighbor of Botham Jean who testified during the trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was gunned down Friday night at an apartment complex.

The medical examiner on Sunday officially identified Joshua Brown, 28, as the victim of the shooting. The medical examiner’s office said the autopsy has been conducted.

Dallas police issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying that Brown was shot multiple times in the lower portion of his body. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted that Brown was not shot in the “mouth or head.” Jenkins vowed the city and the county would “work to ensure a transparent and thorough investigation of the murder of Joshua Brown.”

Dallas Police Chief U. Renée Hall said in a statement late Sunday afternoon that there are no “suspects or motives” in Brown’s killing.

“We are committed to solving this case and will work diligently to apprehend the individuals responsible for Brown’s death,” the chief’s statement said.  

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the Jean family, tweeted Saturday that he had spoken with Brown’s mother and she was “devastated.”

Merritt initially tweeted that Brown had been shot in the “mouth and chest.” He tweeted two hours later that where Brown was shot was in dispute and that he had heard from a witness that the wounds were to Brown’s “buttocks and side.”

Merritt also said Brown’s mother told him that Brown had “no known enemies.” He said Brown was ambushed as he was exiting his car at his apartment.

According to police, the shooting occurred around 10:35 p.m. at the Atera Apartments near the 4606 block of Cedar Springs Road. 

Police say when they arrived at the complex, they found a man in the parking lot with gunshot wounds. Brown was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

After Friday night’s shooting witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan leaving the parking lot after the shooting. They were not able to provide a physical description of any possible suspects. 

Brown was involved in a prior shooting

WFAA has also learned that Brown was a victim of gun violence last year.

Last November, Brown was shot and another man was killed outside the Dallas Cabaret strip club on Walnut Ridge Street in Northwest Dallas.

Kendall Deshonn Morris has been indicted on charges of murder and aggravated assault in connection with the incident. He is currently out on bond.

The Dallas Morning News wrote a story on the incident last December.

The DMN cited an arrest affidavit stating that Morris and another man were at the club celebrating a birthday and encountered Brown at the strip club. 

The other man wanted to fight Brown and the two men fought in the street, the News reported. When Brown and his friends attempted to leave, Morris pulled a gun out of a car and handed it to another man, the story said.

Nicholas Shaq’uan Diggs was killed and Brown was hit in the foot.

Brown was a witness in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, appearing on the stand on Sept. 24. He lived across the hall from Botham Jean.  

The men met earlier in the day on Sept. 6, 2018, after an apartment manager knocked on Brown’s door and told him about a noise complaint. 

Later that night, Brown was returning home when he heard loud voices as he walked down the hall. 

He said it sounded like “two people meeting each other by surprise” but couldn’t make out what the voices were saying, but heard gunshots. 

Brown choked up on the witness stand and took a break after testifying about hearing Jean singing every morning across the hall. 

Dallas police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Jacob White at 214-671-3690 or via email at jacob.white@dallascityhall.com. Please refer to case No. 202433-2019.

Crime Stoppers is offering to pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 214-373-8477. 

Nationally known civil rights activist Shaun King tweeted that a $100,000 reward is now being offered in Brown’s death. 

Dallas leaders react

Many Dallas leaders tweeted out their thoughts on Brown’s death over the weekend. Below is a running list of statements and reactions that will be updated accordingly.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I share the community’s profound sense of shock and anger over this evil murder. Our law enforcement agencies will find and arrest the person(s) who did this and our <a href=”https://twitter.com/DallasCountyTx?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@DallasCountyTx</a> criminal justice system will vigorously prosecute them. <a href=”https://t.co/jhbcfRh9x5″>https://t.co/jhbcfRh9x5</a></p>— Judge Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JudgeClayJ/status/1180660060801900544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Our hearts go out to the family of Joshua Brown who was taken from us in yet another act of senseless gun violence. I am confident that his murder will be investigated with integrity and pray that the murderer will be brought to justice swiftly. <a href=”https://t.co/cTmmnWKqwD”>https://t.co/cTmmnWKqwD</a></p>— Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ColinAllredTX/status/1180931494732279810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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Brandt Jean Honored With Ethical Courage Award for Forgiving Brother’s Killer

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Brandt Jean accepted an award for forgiving Amber Guyger of murdering his brother Botham Jean. The award received is called the Ethical Courage Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

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I am extremely proud of my baby brother, Brandt, for accepting this award of ethical courage from the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics. This award presented an opportunity to implore this institution and others to encourage diverse leadership that can model inclusion and restraint. To quote Brandt, “I ask that you remember my brother (Botham), my example of ethical leadership, a young black male that was perceived as a threat by one of your own. And when you remember him, I want you to ask yourself, what are you doing to ensure there will be no other families like mine – no other little brothers that have to model ethical leadership in forgiveness of a cop whose lack of training and discipline caused them to carelessly take the life of another”. #BeLikeBo #Iammybrotherskeeper #itsonus #BothamJean #Bothamshemjean #letitrise

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According to NBCDFW During his acceptance speech Tuesday, Jean that he never meant for his words to Guyger to be heard worldwide, but that he thought after the verdict and sentencing she needed to be forgiven and that, similarly, he needed to offer that forgiveness.

“I never intended for the statement that I made to the person who murdered my brother to receive such international recognition,” Jean said. “After being found guilty by a jury of her peers, sentenced under the law, Miss Guyger needed to be forgiven and I needed to be free from the burden of unforgiveness.” Read More Here

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Brandt Jean, Brother Of Botham, To Receive Award For Actions During Amber Guyger Murder Trial

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According to DFWCBS On Tuesday, the brother of Botham Jean will receive an award for his actions during the Amber Guyger murder trial.

During the sentencing phase of the trial in Dallas, 18-year-old Brandt Jean told Guyger he forgave her for killing his brother, then asked the judge’s permission to step down from the stand and hug her.

Amber Guyger is the former Dallas police officer convicted of murdering Botham Jean. A jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Brandt’s actions brought the courtroom to tears. Many called his gesture an act of humanity that helped the greater community’s healing process in a highly publicized case. Read More Here

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2 Young Men, 1 Juvenile Girl Arrested For Capital Murder At Duncanville Apartment

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According to DFWCBS On Wednesday, November 25, Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto.

At the time the capital murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges.

He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of capital murder and bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.

On Friday, November 27, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with capital murder with bond set at $500,000. Read More Here

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