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The Dallas Police Department released a mugshot of one of two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial.

Police say Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, is one of three men who drove more than 300 miles from Alexandria, Louisiana to buy 12 pounds of marijuana from Brown on Friday, Oct. 4.

The men met Brown in the parking lot of his upscale apartment complex at the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road on Friday night.

An argument ensued and Brown shot Mitchell in the chest before one of the men shot Brown twice, killing him. Mitchell is under police guard in an intensive care unit at a Dallas hospital.

Brown, 28, was killed just 10 days after he testified in Guyger's murder trial. The former Dallas cop was convicted of murdering 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment. Guyger is serving 10 years in prison.

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Mitchell's uncle, 32-year-old Michael Mitchell, pictured top right, is also in police custody. A third suspect, 22-year-old Thaddeous Green, pictured bottom right remains at large.

Investigators served a search warrant on Brown's apartment and found 12 pounds of marijuana and over $4,100 in cash.

Brown was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison for felony drug possession in 2016. He feared for his life after he was shot in the foot outside a nightclub in 2017. A man who was with him was shot and killed.

The gunman who shot Brown and his friend is free on bond.

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A second suspect has been arrested in the ambush murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial in Dallas, Texas.

Police say Brown, 28, was shot to death during a drug deal that went horribly wrong on Friday night. He was killed 10 days after he testified against Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who is currently serving 10 years in prison for murdering Botham Jean, 26.

Just 2 days after Guyger's trial ended, Brown was killed by three men who, police say, drove from Alexandria, Louisiana to buy 12 pounds of marijuana from him.

During his testimony, Brown admitted to previously serving time for a felony drug conviction.

The three men met Brown in the parking lot of his apartment complex. An argument ensued and Brown shot one of the men before he was shot twice. Brown was rushed to Parkland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police say Michael Mitchell, 32, has been arrested in Brown's murder. Another suspect, Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, is in intensive care in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police are searching for the third suspect, Thaddeous Green, 22, of Louisiana.

Dallas police denied Brown's death was linked to the Guyger trial, and the police department vigorously denied rumors of retaliation or assassination.

During a press conference to announce the arrests, Dallas Police Assistant Chief Avery Moore rebuked "community leaders" for spreading rumors.

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Police executed a search warrant at Brown's apartment after his murder. They found 12 pounds of marijuana and over $4,100 in cash.

Brown reportedly feared for his life after he was shot in the foot outside a nightclub in 2017. A friend who was with him was shot and killed.

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The Dallas woman who filmed Botham Jean's last moments alive fears for her life after the apparent assassination of key trial witness Joshua Brown.

Brown, 28, was gunned down on Friday night by an unknown assailant after he exited his car at his apartment complex, about 6 miles from the South Side Flats apartments where he previously lived across the hall from Jean.

There are growing fears for the woman who filmed Jean dying after he was shot by former Dallas cop Amber Guyger in his own apartment.

Ronnie Babbs, who also goes by "Bunny", was a neighbor of Jean's, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting from a lower staircase. She said she hadn't planned to upload the video to social media, but she changed her mind after seeing news reports that contradicted with what she filmed.

Babbs told the Advise Media Network in January, that she began filming the scene after hearing 2 gunshots and a man's voice saying, "Oh my God. Why did you do that?"

"It was just a lot of crying, a lot of hysterics," Babbs said. "[Guyger] was just pacing back and forth for at least seven minutes, according to my video."

She also captured footage of paramedics rushing Jean down the hall on a gurney.

Babbs said she's received death threats and she was fired from her job at a pharmaceutical company after speaking out about the Jean shooting.

She said her employer accused her of "radical, anti-police" behavior before they "blacklisted" her.

 

She created a GoFundMe account that raised over $65,000 in donations.

No photo "I was brave enough to come forward with information that has helped the DA charge a police officer who murdered an innocent black man in his own home when nobody else would," Babbs wrote on the fundraising page, according to The Dallas Morning News. "I was hesitant as I knew the consequences could affect me greatly. I put my own life at risk and decided to help."

Babbs originally planned to write a book about her experiences. Now she says she is taking classes to own her own pharmacy.

During her testimony in court Babbs dismissed concerns that her GoFundMe donations damaged her credibility.

"There are obviously major red flags any time a witness uses a connection to a legal proceeding as a platform to openly solicit donations," Dallas defense attorney Chris Knox told the Morning News.

Guyger is serving a 10-year prison sentence at the maximum security Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, about 120 miles southwest of Dallas. A new mugshot of the 31-year-old former cop was released by the Texas Department of Corrections on Tuesday.

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Joshua Brown, the Amber Guyger witness who was gunned down on Friday night in Dallas, was set to testify in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Dallas Police Department when he was killed.

Brown, 28, gave key testimony against Guyger, 31, on day 2 of her murder trial for killing Botham Jean, 26. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Brown was shot to death 2 days after Guyger was sentenced.

Jean's mother is suing the city, citing the Dallas Police Department for failure to properly train Guyger.

The attorney for the Jean family, S. Lee Merritt, stopped just short of accusing the police of assassinating Brown.

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"It is a possibility," Merritt said. "I don't have any evidence other than the timing, but I am not ruling anything out. But what I do know is that Joshua was targeted. This was an assassination. He pulled into his parking lot and he was shot. The perpetrators fled. They didn't steal anything from him."

Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot after the shooting.

"This is a kid who had no gang ties, there was no lover's quarrel," said Merritt. "He was an AirBnB host and roofer. All the usual suspects of crime, drugs and sex are simply not there."

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Friends remember Joshua Brown, Botham Jean's neighbor, who was killed after he testified at Guyger's murder trial.

Dallas police responded to reports of gunshots at the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road around 10:30 pm on Friday. They found Brown unresponsive on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot.

Brown was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Brown, 28, was gunned down about 5 miles from the South Side Flats complex in Dallas where he previously lived across the hall from Jean.

Brown was a defensive back for the University of South Florida. His former teammates were stunned to learn of his murder just 10 days after he testified against former Dallas cop Amber Guyger at her murder trial.

"He was a passionate individual," former USF offensive lineman Kofi Amichia told a reporter via text message Saturday evening. "A guy that always spoke his mind no matter what, and one of the funniest guys at USF. Could make anybody laugh."

Brown was a native of Lancaster, Texas, who transferred to USF in 2012 from an Arizona junior college.

He played in 8 games for USF in 2012. But he suffered a career-ending injury when he tore his Achilles tendon before the start of the 2013 season.

Former Bulls cornerback Kayvon Webster described Brown as athletic and competitive.

"Just sucks to see another brother lose their life so young," Webster said.

Twitter activist Shaun King announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to Brown's killers.

Brown testified on day 2 of Guyger's murder trial. His testimony was key because it conflicted with Guyger's claim that she shot "an intruder" after he refused her verbal commands.

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Brown broke down in tears on the witness stand when he recalled hearing the 26-year-old accountant singing gospel music in his apartment every morning.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the Jean family, tweeted that Brown was "ambushed" and shot "at close range" in the mouth and chest as he got out of his car at his apartment complex on Friday night.

His tweet sparked rampant rumors that Brown's murder was in retaliation for his testimony in court.

Merritt later clarified that he didn't know where Brown was shot. But he hinted that Brown may have been targeted for testifying against Guyger, 31.

"Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise. We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without," Merritt said on Saturday.

"Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family. The Dallas County criminal justice system must mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder," he added.

Merritt said he spoke with Brown's mother and that she is "devastated."

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, praised Brown on Saturday, saying he was "brave" to testify. Hermus said more people should be like him.

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

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Botham Jean's neighbor, Joshua Brown, who testified against former Dallas officer Amber Guyger at her murder trial was found shot to death in a Dallas, Texas parking lot on Friday night.

According to the Dallas Morning News, multiple witnesses flagged down police officers on Friday night and reported hearing gunshots at an apartment complex near Dallas' Medical District.

Police found Brown unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Rd.

Brown was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown's apartment was located directly across from Botham Jean's apartment at South Side Flats apartments. Brown testified that he was in the hallway on the night of Sept. 6, 2018, when he heard two voices talking at the same time followed by 2 gunshots.

Guyger had just returned home after working a 13-hour shift when she entered the wrong apartment and shot Jean to death.

Brown broke down and cried when he recalled hearing Jean singing gospel music inside his apartment every morning.

Guyger was convicted of murder on Tuesday and sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Brown's death sparked rumors of retaliation for testifying against the former Dallas police officer.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents the Jean family, said Brown's murder "underscores the reality of the black experience in America."

He said Brown lived in constant fear for his life.

"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."