Four days after Joshua Brown was shot and killed at an apartment complex, Dallas police have shared that they've arrested two people in connection to the murder. Brown was a neighbor to Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man who was murdered by former Dallas cop Amber Guyger. The 28-year-old was also a key witness for the prosecution against Guyger, and when his death came just days after the trial ended, many believed that his murder was related to his testimony.
However, the Dallas Police Department has shared that Brown's death was the result of a drug deal that went terribly wrong. According to a report by CBS News, the department's Assistant Chief Avery Moore shared that two of their three suspects, 20-year-old Jacquerious Mitchell and 32-year-old Michael Diaz Mitchell, were in custody. An alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Thaddeous Charles Green, is still at large.
Jacquerious gave his story to police and said Thaddeous reached out to Brown to purchase drugs. When they met up, their conversation became heated and soon things became physical. During the fight, Brown reportedly shot Jacquerious before Thaddeous shot Brown. Jacquerious said he was taken to the hospital before the other two men made their escape. After searching Brown's apartment, investigators claimed that they found nearly 150 grams of THC cartridges, 12 pounds of marijuana, and thousands of dollars in cash. Read more from the Dallas Police Department below, including their assertion that Brown's death has nothing to do with the Botham Jean case.
Judge In Amber Guyger Case Doesn’t See What The Big Deal Is About Her Hug
She defended her actions as showing "love and compassion."
The twists and turns in the Amber Guyger case are playing out like an ongoing episode of Law & Order. The former Dallas Police Officer was recently found guilty of the murder of 26-year-old Botham Jean after she walked into his home and shot him to death. Guyger's defense was that she believed that the apartment was her own after working an exhausting 13-hour shift, and when she came across Botham sitting on his couch while eating ice cream, she thought he was a burglar.
The emotionally-charged trial has ended, but the controversy continued after Joshua Brown, Botham's neighbor and a key witness in the trial, was shot and killed last Friday. While conspiracy theorists analyze the mystery of Brown's murder, the judge in Guyger's case, Tammy Kemp, has finally broken her silence on embracing the convicted murderer during the sentencing phase. Kemp even gifted Guyger with her own personal Bible and gave her words of encouragement.
"I didn't do that from the bench," she said to the Associated Press. "I came down to extend my condolences to the Jean family and to encourage Ms. Guyger because she has a lot of life to live." Kemp wasn't sure of Guyger's religious background but gave her the Bible anyway. "You can have it," she said to Guyger. "I have three or four more at home. This is the one I use every day...This is your job for the next month. You read right here: John 3:16."
Judge In Botham Jean Case Under Investigation For Giving Bible To Amber Guyger
The controversial act has been the subject of criticism.
The Botham Jean murder case may have drawn to a close with the conviction of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, but the controversy rages on. Guyger received a 10-year sentence, a bid that some have argued was fairly light for someone who broke into an innocent, unarmed man's home and shot him to death. However, that's not the main concern for ethics investigators as Judge Tammy Kemp has had a complaint filed against her, according to CNN.
Following the conclusion of the trial, Judge Kemp met Guyger at the defendant's table and handed her a Bible. "You can have mine. I have three or four more at home," she reportedly said before hugging Guyger. "This is the one I use every day. This is your job for the next month. It says right here. John 3:16. And this is where you start. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life...'"
The exchange may have been heartwarming to some, but it was strange to others who couldn't wrap their heads around a judge stepping down from their bench to embrace a convicted murderer who admitted to killing someone. Judge Kemp has faced scrutiny on social media and in the press, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation made their voices heard by issuing a formal complaint to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The foundation alleges that Judge Kemp's action blurred the lines of separation of church and state.
Woman Assaulted In Dallas By Man Faces Felony Charges For Destroying His Property
Tip is somewhere heated right now.
Somebody better call T.I. because that Texas assault case he's been talking about has taken a turn. If you haven't been keeping up with what's going on in the second largest state in the Union, a few weeks ago a black woman named L'Daijohnique Lee was meeting up with a friend in Dallas when she parked her car, got out, and was confronted by a white man, 30-year-old Austin Shuffield.
Shuffield didn't like the way Lee parked and the two briefly argued before Lee tried to make her way away from the scene. Shuffield then pointed a gun at her, threatened her, knocked her phone out of her hand when she said she was calling for help, and then began repeatedly punching her in the face. The violent attack was caught on video by a witness and the video quickly went viral. Rapper T.I. spoke out about the assault, calling on rappers and hip hop influencers in Dallas to come forward and handle business, but it doesn't seem anyone has answered his call.
Meanwhile, Shuffield was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He's made bond and was released from jail. Lee, however, may catch a case of her own for breaking Shuffield's back window with "a jump box, a charger for a car battery" after he punched her. Dallas police charged the 24-year-old woman today with felony criminal mischief because the estimated damage was $3,000. Lee admitted to police that she was responsible.
Lee Merritt, Lee's attorney, took to Twitter to post about his frustration regarding the charges. "A black woman alone in a dark parking lot is stalked, harassed and assaulted by a white male," Merritt said. "He brandishes a gun, knocks away her phone when she tries to call for help – then beats her mercilessly with blows to the head. DPD just found a way to charge HER with a felony."
Deputy Chief Thomas Castro held a press conference regarding the new charges and said, "We understand that some people are upset. It's not the intention of the Dallas Police Department to pick one side or the other. We simply had information that was provided to us on a criminal offense. We thoroughly investigated that offense. We took the action that was taken today."