Witness in murder trial of Dallas cop is shot dead
Awitness who delivered key testimony in the trial of Amber Guyger — the white former Dallas police officer convicted this past week in the murder of an unarmed black man, Botham Jean — was fatally shot on Friday night, a lawyer for Jean’s family said.
The witness, Joshua Brown, 28, who lived in the same apartment complex as Guyger and Jean, was shot several times by an unknown assailant, Lee Merritt, the family’s lawyer, said on Twitter.
Brown’s death occurred just two days after a Dallas County jury sentenced Guyger to 10 years in prison, well short of the maximum 99 years that she could have received in the killing of Jean, a 26-year-old immigrant from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.
The sentence angered Jean’s family members and social justice advocates, who said it was another example of failing to hold white police officers like Guyger accountable for their actions.
“His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America,” Merritt said of Brown. “A former athlete turned entrepreneur — Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family.”