Joshua Brown was a key witness in the murder trial of former police officer Amber Guyger. (AP: Tom Fox/ Dallas Morning News)
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The key witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who killed her black neighbour has himself been found dead, Dallas police said.
- Joshua Brown gave evidence last week in the trial against former police officer Amber Guyger
- Just days later, his body was found in the parking garage of an apartment complex with multiple gunshot wounds
- Police are appealing for public help to identify suspects and a motive in the killing
Joshua Xavier Brown, 28, was found on Friday night (local time) in the parking lot of an apartment complex, authorities said.
He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Mr Brown lived in the same apartment complex as Amber Guyger and Botham Jean, and last week testified at the trial in which Guyger was convicted of Mr Jean’s 2018 murder.
Guyger, 31, had told the trial she mistook Mr Jean’s apartment for her own one floor below and shot him after pushing open his unlocked door and thinking he was a burglar.
Mr Brown told the trial he was in a hallway on the fourth floor, where he and Mr Jean lived. He said he heard what sounded like “two people meeting by surprise” and then two gunshots.
Guyger was fired from the department soon after the shooting. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
At times during his testimony at Guyger’s trial, Mr Brown became emotional and used his T-shirt and tissue to wipe his tears.
He said he had met Mr Jean, a 26-year-old accountant from the Caribbean island nation of St Lucia, for the first time earlier on the day he was killed.
The Jean family attorney, Lee Merritt, posted a statement on Twitter that said he had spoken with Mr Brown’s mother and “she is devastated.”
Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years’ prison for the murder of Botham Jean in his apartment. (The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
“We need answers,” Mr Merritt wrote.
Homicide detectives were seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects and a motive in Mr Brown’s death.
@MeritLaw tweet: “Figuring out what happened to Joshua Brown will take something we just haven’t mastered yet: Unity.”
The drive-by shooting that killed Mr Brown happened at a different apartment complex to the one where Mr Jean was killed, according to a Dallas police news release.
That statement said several witnesses flagged down officers who were responding to a call about the shooting. The witnesses directed police to the parking lot where a man was lying on the ground.
Witnesses described hearing several gunshots, according to the news release, and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding off from the parking lot. No-one else was shot.
Mr Merritt said Mr Brown “deserves the justice he sought to ensure the Jean family”.