A neighbor of Botham Jean who was a key witness in the murder trial of Amber Guyger has been shot dead in Dallas.
Joshua Brown, 28, was gunned down outside an apartment complex in the city’s Medical District around 10.30 pm on Friday.
He was rushed to nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Witnesses say they heard several gunshots and saw a silver sedan speeding out of the apartment complex’s parking lot shortly after.
Police have not apprehended or publicly identified a suspect in the fatal shooting.
Brown was a neighbor of both Jean and Guyger, and his shocking slaying comes just 10 days after he broke down on the witness stand as he recounted the night Jean was fatally shot by Guyger.
Last Tuesday, Guyger was found guilty of murder, and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.
During his September 24 testimony, Brown, who lived across the hall from Jean at the South Side Flats housing complex, said police had knocked on both of their doors on the afternoon of the shooting about a noise complaint, even though there wasn’t anything loud going on in their apartments.
The witness said he thought it might have been because both he and Jean smoked marijuana and the smell sometimes drifted into the hallway.
That night, Brown left his apartment to go watch a football game and when he came back just before 10pm he heard two gunshots and a commotion in the hallway.
He said he looked through his peep hole and saw Guyger crying on the phone in the hallway and telling whoever she was speaking to that she had gone into the wrong apartment.
He said she went back into the apartment and then came out again to meet officers arriving at the scene.
Brown started crying on the witness stand when he was asked about the victim. He said he’d met Jean for the first time on the day he was killed but was used to hearing the 26-year-old sing Gospel music and Drake songs in the mornings.
Judge Kemp called a recess and appeared to be choking back tears as Brown left the courtroom.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Andrew Kemp