A key witness in the Dallas police investigation into the murder of Amber Geiger was shot dead and killed in a residential complex late Friday, according to an attorney who represented the family of a man shot by Geiger.
"Joshua Brown, Next Door Neighbor [Botham Jean] was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant," S. Lee Merritt posted on social media on Saturday.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Brown, 28, was found dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital at about 10:30 p.m., dead, at about 10:30 p.m.
The newspaper reported that witnesses told police they heard several shots and saw a silver four-door sedan exiting the parking lot.
"ADA [assistant district attorney] has confirmed that Brown was actually killed, although they have not yet identified the suspect or motive for the shooting," Merritt said. "The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department."
Brown lived across the hall from Jean's South Side Flats apartment and testified in court about the night Jean had killed.
"Brown's testimony stood out as a witness to the fact that he approached his apartment directly opposite the Botham Gina apartment when shots were fired," Merritt said. "Brown was still noticeably shaken by the incident when he took the stand to testify on behalf of the prosecution. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America."
Merritt said Brown was a former athlete who became an entrepreneur and he "lived in constant fear that he might become the next victim of gun violence, or state-mandated, or otherwise."
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" We still have work to address the ongoing threats to our community, both internally and externally. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to secure Jean's family, "the lawyer said." The Dallas County criminal justice system must [be] mobilize to identify its killer and make him responsible for the murder. "
Dallas County Prosecutor Jason Hermus, who heads Giger's prosecution, told The Morning News that Brown "boldly testified when he did not.
"If we had more people like us, we would have a better world."
Geiger was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Wednesday for the murder of Jean on the night of September 6, 2018. A four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was released and charged with murder after she entered Jean's apartment, believing she is one of her own and shot him twice, believing that he was a robber.
Geiger was still in shape at the time, but was out of service, having just completed a 13-hour shift
She allegedly parked accidentally on the fourth floor of an apartment complex, although she lived on the third floor
The police, who reported the events of Geiger, entered Jean's apartment through the partially closed front door and pulled out a gun when she saw a "large silhouette" of what she thought was her apartment. Jean ignored Geiger's verbal commands and she shot him.
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The case drew national attention and outrage, highlighting racial tensions between the black community and law enforcement and causing many black people to question .
Geiger's sentence also provoked anger at what many thought was a light sentence.
"It's 10 years in jail – 10 years for her to display and she can change her life, but there is a lot more that the city of Dallas has to do," said Jean Ellison's mother. "The corruption that we saw during this process must stop, and it must stop for you. After that, I leave Dallas, but you live in Dallas, and it must stop for everyone."
Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.