Joshua Brown, a key witness who delivered a powerful testimony in former Dallas officer Amber Guyger’s murder trial, was shot and killed on Friday. Today, law enforcement announced that three suspects had been identified in Brown's murder.
In a news conference today, law enforcement confirmed that the suspects, Jacquerious Mitchell, 20; Michael Mitchell, 32; and Thaddeous Green 22, came from Louisiana intending to purchase drugs from Brown.
Although Mitchell is currently in custody, the whereabouts of the other two is still unknown, as stated by Avery Moore, the Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief of Police.
We also learned through the news conference that Green is being accused of allegedly having shot Brown two times, according to Assistant Chief Moore. On the night of the shooting, Brown, and Green had a conversation that quickly escalated into an argument.
When the dust cleared, the 28-year-old Brown was discovered in the parking lot of an apartment complex, riddled with multiple wounds. As coincidence would have it, the shooting took place a mere two days after he testimony aided in the murder conviction of officer Guyger. Brown was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
The coincidences don't stop there, though. The shooting took place not even six miles from the scene of where Guyger was convicted of murdering her victim, Botham Jean, in September. Brown was a neighbor of Jean, having lived across the hall from him. Brown testified against Guyger in her murder trial.
In documents from the trial, Guyger lived a floor below Jean and Brown, in Dallas, in the Southside Flats apartment building where Jean’s murder took place. Guyger testified that the shooting was an accident. She stated that she had mistakenly entered Jean's apartment, thinking it was her own and that she thought Jean was an intruder. As such, she opened fire, in what she stated was self-defense.
The prosecutor presented evidence, and witnesses such as Brown, that proved otherwise. As such, Guyger was found guilty of murder and subsequently sentenced to a ten-year prison term.
Eric Johnson, Dallas Mayor, is asking the public to please "refrain from speculation" into whether Brown's death was in some manner connected to the Guyger case. He assured his constituents that the police would "conduct a thorough investigation into the death."
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Was Brown's death really drug-related or payback for testifying against a law enforcement officer?