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Slain witness Joshua Brown was expected to testify in lawsuit against Dallas police

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The Dallas man who was murdered shortly after providing key testimony in the trial against killer cop Amber Guyger was set to take the stand in a civil lawsuit against the police department, according to a report.

Joshua Brown, 28, who was victim Botham Jean’s neighbor, was shot to death Friday night in an ambush outside his apartment in a Dallas neighborhood, according to police. No suspects have been arrested in the slaying.

“To have a key witness suddenly be killed is suspicious. Was this related to the trial? There is no clear indication,” attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the Jean family, told CBS News.

Brown’s death came days after Guyger was convicted of fatally shooting 26-year-old Jean, who she believed was an intruder when she mistakenly entered his apartment instead of her own.

Merritt said Brown would have been one of their first witnesses in the Jean family’s wrongful-death suit against the city of Dallas, which claims Dallas police failed to adequately train Guyger, according to CBS News.

Brown testified at Guyger’s trial about the September 2018 night that Jean was shot dead in his own apartment. He said he heard what sounded like “two people meeting by surprise” while he was in a hallway on the floor where he and Jean lived.

He also rejected Guyger’s claims during the trial that she used commands such as “put your hands up” before shooting Jean.

“She didn’t. No one heard that. No neighbors. No passerby’s [sic]. Not Joshua as he walked down the corridor. No one,” Merritt wrote on Facebook.

Merritt has called for answers in the death of Brown, who he said lived in “constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence.”

“Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family,” Merritt wrote on Facebook.

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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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