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Dallas police still have no suspects or motive in the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Amber Guyger trial, according to a terse statement issued by police chief U. Reneé Hall Sunday night that officially confirmed the identity of the man gunned down outside his own apartment complex two days earlier.
“Today at approximately 12 p.m., the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed the identity of Joshua Brown to the Dallas Police Department,” Hall’s statement said. “Brown, a witness in the Amber Guyger trial, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 4 in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road. There are no suspects or motives at this time. We are committed to solving this case and will work diligently to apprehend the individuals responsible for Brown’s death.”
The 28-year-old was found at about 10:30 Friday night “with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body,” The Dallas Morning News reported, after people on the scene directed police to where he lay in the parking lot of his apartment complex.
Brown was killed as he left his car to go into his apartment, according to Lee Merritt, the civil rights attorney who represented the family of Botham Jean, Guyger’s victim.
While he originally asserted that Brown had been shot in the mouth and chest, he later said the results of the autopsy would confirm the wounds’ location after another account said he’d been shot in the buttocks and side.
On Saturday, before Brown was identified publicly, police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said the victim died at Parkland Memorial Hospital, The Dallas Morning News said.
Brown’s death comes two days after Guyger, a former police officer, was sentenced to 10 years for murdering her upstairs neighbor Botham Jean when she entered the wrong apartment. Brown lived across the hall from Jean, had only met him earlier on the day he died, and heard some of what transpired.
He was a key witness for the prosecution.
Brown had himself been wounded in a separate shooting, last November, outside a nightclub in northwest Dallas, according to reports. After a fistfight between him and another man, someone pulled a gun and began shooting, WFAA said. The conflict left another man dead.
In that shooting, Kendall Deshonn Morris, 26, was charged with murder in the death of 25-year-old Nicholas Shaq’uan Diggs, according to The Dallas Morning News at the time. Morris is out on bond, reported WFAA-TV.
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