Second Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Joshua Brown, Key Witness In Amber Guyger Trial

October 9, 2019  |  

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Police have arrested a second man in connection to the tragic shooting of Joshua Brown, who was shot to death on Friday after serving as the prosecution’s lead witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial. Guyger, a white ex-Dallas cop, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the fatal shooting of her neighbor, Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man.

On Tuesday evening federal deputy marshals took Michael Mitchell, 32, into custody in Marksville, Louisiana, USA Today reports. Mitchell was previously identified by his nephew Jacquerious Mitchell, who is also under arrest, as one of the people involved in the shooting. A third suspect, Thaddeous Green, 22, remains at large.

Jacquerious Mitchell reportedly told Dallas authorities that he, along with his uncle and Green, drove four hours from Louisiana to Dallas, Texas to purchase drugs from Brown in a drug deal that turned physical, then deadly.

Many on social media are suspicious of the details surrounding Brown’s death and the Mitchell’s arrests, as Brown was a lead witness in a police trial and would have been thoroughly investigated about his alleged drug dealing. Police allege they confiscated 12 pounds of marijuana, other drugs and over $4,000 were from Brown’s apartment after Jacquerious Mitchell’s arrest.

S. Lee Merritt, the lawyer representing both the Jean and Brown family, has publicly asked the Dallas Police Department to recuse themselves from the investigation due to the practices of the department. A second call for the recusal of the Dallas Police Department comes from the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund run by Sherrilyn Ifil. The fund also backs the Jean family’s request for a federal investigation into the Dallas Police Department.

“The circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Brown cries out for answers,” Ifill said in a statement. “We urge state or federal authorities to follow the trail of misconduct left by this case and fully investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Brown’s death.”

Brown lived across the hall from Jean and was said to have overheard one of the final conversations between Jean and Guyger, but did not hear Guyger issue any verbal commands or warnings before she fired the fatal shots. Guyger claimed during her testimony that she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers because she returned from the field discombobulated and exhausted.

According to Merritt, Brown was deeply apprehensive regarding his testimony. Two months after Jean’s death, Brown was shot outside a Dallas nightclub and felt that the shooter would return, Merritt shared in a social media post.

“Brown’s testimony was powerful, but it was also duplicative,” said Merritt. “Nothing he testified to couldn’t have been brought in by other witnesses. It wasn’t worth his life.”

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