A witness who gave key testimony in the trial of Amber Geiger, a former Dallas white officer convicted last week of killing an unarmed black man, Botham Jean, was fatally shot Friday night by his lawyer, Mr. Sim & # 39; she said.
Witness Joshua Brown, 28, who lived in the same apartment complex as Mrs. Geiger and Mr. Jean, was shot several times by an unknown assailant, a lawyer for the Lee Merritt family, according to Twitter on Saturday night.
Mr. Brown's death occurred just two days after a Dallas County jury sentenced Ms. Geiger to 10 years in prison not exceeding the maximum 99 years she could have received for the murder of 26-year-old Mr. Jean from Caribbean. the country of Saint Lucia.
"His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America," Mr. Merritt said of Mr. Brown. "The former athlete became an entrepreneur – Brown lived in constant fear that he might become the next victim of gun violence, or state-mandated, or otherwise. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to provide for Jean's family. "
The Dallas Police Department did not confirm that Mr. Brown was the victim of the shooting, but said in an email that officers were responding to Ater's apartments at 4606 Cedar Springs Road around 10:37 pm local time on Friday for a report of a shooting.
"Complainant found lying on the ground in the parking lot of an apartment with multiple gunshot wounds," police said. "Dallas Fire Rescue responded and transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries, and several witnesses heard several shots and watched as a silver four-door sedan emerged from a high-speed parking lot. "
Police officials said he had no identification in 19659. ] The shooting of Mr. Jean in September 2018 ignited protests and calls for justice, demonstrations at police headquarters and inside the City Hall. After weeks of community tensions and allegations of preferential treatment of police, the grand jury returned with an increased murder charge. At that time, Ms. Geiger was released from the Dallas Police Department.
During the trial, the prosecutor's office tried to portray Ms. Geiger as being careless and aggressive on the night she walked into someone else's house, pulled out a weapon and opened fire. Her defense attorneys argued that she had made the unfortunate but understandable mistake during the "perfect storm" of circumstances that ended in tragedy.
Mr. Brown testified to the night of the deadly shooting, saying he heard gunshots after an unexpected encounter between one-time neighbors.