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BREAKING NEWS: Botham Jean’s neighbor and key witness in Amber Guyger trial murdered in Dallas

By Marc Ramirez and Jennifer Emily

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(DALLAS MORNING NEWS)

A key witness in Amber Guyger’s murder trial was shot and killed Friday evening at an apartment complex near Dallas’ Medical District, authorities said.

Joshua Brown, a neighbor of Botham Jean’s and Guyger at the South Side Flats apartments, was slain about 10:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road.

Brown, 28, lived across the hall from Jean and testified about the night he was killed.

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, the lead prosecutor in the Guyger case, said Saturday that Brown stood up at a time when others won’t say what they know.

“He bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t, ” Hermus said. “If we had more people like him, we would have a better world.”

On Friday night, several witnesses flagged down police and directed them to Brown’s location. Police found him on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot.

No suspect description had been released.

On the night of Sept. 6, 2018, Brown was in the hallway on the fourth floor of the Cedars apartment building, where he and Jean lived, when he heard what he thought sounded like “two people meeting by surprise.”

He testified that he couldn’t make out what they were saying and they were speaking at the same time. And then he heard two gunshots.

Guyger, who was off-duty but in uniform when she shot Jean, was convicted Tuesday of murder. On Wednesday, the jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Brown testified that he had met Jean for the first time the day he was killed. They had just a brief conversation in the hallway.

But, Brown said, he did hear Jean from time to time. He wept on the stand while recounting hearing his neighbor’s voice through the door.

“I heard him singing,” Brown said. Gospel music. Drake.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents the Jean family, called Brown a “former athlete turned entrepreneur” whose slaying “underscores the reality of the black experience in America.”

“Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence,” Merritt wrote on Facebook. “Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family.”

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18 comments

  1. Brandt j is to be blame the Jung man lost his life if a white man commit that crime brandt will forgive him if a black man brandt will betray him.

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  2. The state is to be blamed because when one is a witness in a homicide,this person has to be protected.Stop with all this gibberish comments you people are making.Disgusting

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  3. Those of you who are you hopefully become Believers in Jesus Christ are excused for what I'm about to say but those of you who profess Jesus Christ as your lord and savior the number one message all throughout the Bible Jesus taught is forgiveness the ministry that we have is to reconcile back with God and bring others back to God to reconcile with him also I have not experienced anything as deep and painful as the situation all I know is through the betrayals and heartaches and losses I have had I have had to go through a process of forgiveness. God truly said that if we do not forgive others he will not forgive us if you are a Christ follower you follow Christ the blood of Jesus makes you new the blood of culture community and politics is secondary so when I see people say that the black community matters more than the relationship with Christ and the principles of forgiving white people it Grieves my heart it's understandable to an extent but it Grieves my heart for people to hold on to such a deep root of learned traditional lized unforgiveness towards white people I am not black I am not white but I am a lover of Jesus and I hope that someone reading this will consider the fact that God lef that man to do that and anyone who has anything negative to say about someone publicly displaying forgiveness doesn't realize that this mans reward is in heaven not here on the earth with man and the black community.

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    • Idiot. Ask your Doctor to please change your medication or give you a higher dosage you monkey your pea brain is playing tricks on you.

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  4. the men in the jean family are forking morons! the mom should have kept them at home, truth be told. the lawyer and judge 2 useless people in professions they have no business in. one, the lawyer should have coached them better and prevented those displays at all cost. but mate look like most of his law days was spent in weeding town. the judge look like she eh even know how she landed in that position. brandt is stupid and so is the dad. their stupidity meant that another black young man lost his life immediately. white people dont forgive, u all acting all stupid like that in a courtroom with a murderer.

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  5. Send them white piece of shit somewhere and die. That Amber face desperate people she kill so. Her time will come.

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  6. Everybody talking about the Brandt boy in America, now I ain't saying he cause the death of this man. But recognized. People putting their life on the line to testify and you up there making love to white folks, selling out the family, the whole black community.

    Now, let that be a lesson to all of us, if something like that was to happen to anyone of us we should not allow anyone of our family members to take the stand and speak their heart out. NO, NO, NO!! you gonna write what you about to say down on paper everybody in the family have to check that, and agree with what you about to say before you go up there and make a fool out of all of us period !!

    Alot of black people are upset about that in America and rightfully so. People fighting against police brutality in America and you going up there doing all this forgiving... No body ask you for fogiveness...that is sending a wrong message. This man making the news for all the wrong reasons.

    This brother lost his life trying to do the right thing...Now if you a man of the streets you already know who did it. And they shot him in the chest and in the mouth from what am hearing.

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  7. What would Jesus say. Vengeance is mine with the Lord. Live and let live. But the law of the land will investigate. Hope they find justice in this case. This is to put fear in witnesses to let them know they may suffer the same fate
    We don't fear nothing for to do
    Die in God is to gain life eternal!

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  8. Concerned citizen

    Wow such judgement. I wonder how many of y'all were there to have first hand knowledge and know exactly why the young many was killed. Some of us are our own worst enemy, to blame Brandt for his way of grieving and now the murder of another young man. Blame the killers not the victims. I'm so disappointed in our lucian ppl. But that's all my opinion.

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  9. Brandt you betrayed your brother and disgraced black people whats wrong with you, you begging your brothes killer for hugs pisssss Amber never ask you and your family's for forgiveness you don't forgive someone in a court room must be behind close doors private the White god you worship is a false god , god does not exist you a fool you need an ass wepping y3our lawyer the worst ive even seen we seeking justice for Blacks folks who were killed by White Cops we demonstratimg for sjustice you in a court room hugging kissing a white cop who intended to kill your brother you saying you does' nt want her go jail Idiot she got 5years in jail begging for hugs in a court room gave her a light sentence your fault no jutice for black folks the White supremacy has won 15 Minute fame white folks don't forgive blacks you a disgrace Stockholm Syndrom .

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    • I DO SO AGREE, THIS BOY IS SO STUPID THE JUDGE AND POLICE GUARD, WAS TOTALLY OUT OF CHARACTER, PEOPLE FORGIVE DIFFERENTLY.,ME NEVER, THE HATERS, THE BLACK FA MY WAS CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK, THE ARABS, MUSLINS, THE JEWS, PEOPLE WILL TURN ON THEIR OWN FA MILIES, THEY ARE DOING IT ALREADY.UNTIL EVERY OCEAN LAKES, RIVERS, OR STREAMS FREEZERS OVER,. I SHOULD SPEN THE REST OF MY LIFE ASKING WHY.NO,..... THEN MAYBE I WILL GET MY ANSWERS ON THE OTHER SIDE......

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  10. Chastanet fault

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  11. Black life matters

    It’s all the jeans Fault

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  12. 🌍The shitstem is rigged🌋

    And i really want to hear what Brandt J has to say on this.all their affection should be directed to the ones who assisted in guyger,s conviction but instead they gave it all to guyger...this young man were sure tramaurtize and sobbing on the stand.

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    • Get over it. If a person want to live in an atmosphere of forgiveness that's there choice.
      Why live in hate and bitterness being controlled by the one who hurt you. Let it go. Brandt did in Jesus name Amen.

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      • Uzzan ass....the point here was not disputing christ but directing it where it,s deserving.are u even acknowledging the pay back?

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  13. smfh now amber guyger would get life time in jail....cause this has more to it why kill the guy now???

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  14. Let's see if the Jean family will be there for him. He lost his life by putting it on the line for them while they busy hugging.
    They should not ask people to put their life in jeopardy if they wanted to forgive the convicted person. Now the young man is murdered

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