October eight, 2019 | 10:50am
The Dallas man who was slain after taking the stand in killer cop Amber Guyger’s trial tried to evade testifying by fleeing the state out of concern for his life, a lawyer claimed on Tuesday.
Joshua Brown was gunned down Friday outdoors his Dallas condo — simply 10 days after offering key testimony concerning the evening of his neighbor Botham Jean’s homicide, in line with police.
Lee Meritt, who represents the Jean household, stated that Brown repeatedly expressed considerations that testifying would put his life in danger.
The roofing contractor had beforehand survived a capturing in November 2018 and the suspect remained at-large.
“Josh was concerned that these people still meant him harm so when he was subpoenaed to testify against Amber Guyger he was conflicted,” Meritt wrote on Fb. “He wanted to do the right thing.”
Merritt stated prosecutors pressured him saying that his testimony would assist safe a conviction in Jean’s homicide.
“He, in turn, told prosecutors and the Court about the danger he felt was associated with him testifying in a public trial,” Meritt wrote, including that Brown in the end determined that “it was just too dangerous.”
Brown fled the state for California, the place he remained because the trial received underway, in line with Meritt.
However prosecutors “hounded him” and threatened to situation a warrant for his arrest if he didn’t seem in courtroom. “So he got on a plane and came straight from the airport to the courthouse,” Merritt stated.
As soon as he arrived, Brown met with the decide in her chambers about his considerations, however in the end ended up taking the stand, Meritt stated.
The lawyer is now questioning why measures weren’t taken to guard Brown throughout his testimony.
“They took steps to cut off cameras and instruct media not to report on an undercover cop that testified in Guyger’s trial,” Meritt stated. “Why weren’t the identical measures taken to guard Joshua Brown?
Meritt stated that Brown’s testimony was “powerful but it was also duplicative.”
“Nothing he testified to couldn’t have been brought in by other witnesses. It wasn’t worth his life,” he wrote.
No suspects or motive have been recognized in Brown’s homicide, authorities stated.
Guyger, 31, was convicted final week within the homicide and sentenced to 10 years in jail.