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Witness in Guyger Trial Shot, Killed Friday Night: DA


A man who testified in the Amber Guyger murder trial died Friday night after he was found shot multiple times at a Dallas apartment complex, the Dallas County District Attorney’s office confirms.

Joshua Brown, a neighbor of Botham Jean’s at the South Side Flats apartments and a witness in the trial, died in the shooting, according to the district attorney’s office.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to the Atera apartments in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road, near the Dallas North Tollway and Lemmon Avenue.

Several people flagged the officers down and directed them to Brown, who was on the ground in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Brown was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died, police said.

The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office have not confirmed the identity of the man shot and killed.

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

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins weighed in on the rumors and speculation circulating on social media Sunday saying, “Dallas County, the City of Dallas and others will work to ensure a transparent and thorough investigation of the murder of Joshua Brown. Mr. Brown was not shot in the mouth or head but was shot more than one time. Many career professionals are hard at work on this case.”

Brown lived across the hall from Botham Jean and met him for the first time the afternoon of Sept. 6, 2018, the day Jean was shot, Brown testified Sept. 24, the second day of the trial.

Brown grew emotional on the witness stand and said even though he and Jean met earlier in the day, he often heard Jean singing gospel music or songs by Drake when he came and went from his apartment.

The two met Sept. 6, 2018 because someone from the apartment’s leasing office came to both of their doors early that afternoon due to a noise complaint, Brown said. He added there was not any noise.

In his testimony, Brown said he left to go watch a football game and when he returned he heard commotion in the hallway and gunshots.

No one was in custody for Brown’s death Saturday morning, and police did not provide a description of the shooter or shooters.

Police had initially said that two other people drove themselves to Parkland with gunshot wounds not thought to be life-threatening, but have determined the shootings were not related.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report stated that police knocked on the doors of Joshua Brown and Botham Jean about a noise complaint. The story has been corrected to state it was the leasing office that followed up on a noise complaint.

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