Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(DALLAS) — The second of three suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a witness in last month’s high-profile trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been captured. Michael Mitchell was captured in Marksville, Louisiana, by United States marshals, Dallas police said Tuesday night.Arrest warrants were issued earlier Tuesday for three suspects in the slaying of Joshua Brown, 28, who tearfully testified at Guyger’s trial for the wrong-apartment killing of Botham Jean.Brown, a former neighbor of Jean, was gunned down on Friday night in what police described as a botched drug deal.“As you know there’s been speculation and rumors that have been shared by community leaders claiming that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial and somehow the Dallas Police Department was responsible. I assure you that is simply not true,” Assistant Chief Avery Moore of the Dallas Police Department said at a news conference on Tuesday.“And I encourage those leaders to be mindful of their actions moving forward because their words have jeopardized the integrity of the city of Dallas as well as the Dallas Police Department,” Moore said.Earlier this week, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund asked for an independent investigation into Brown’s death, calling it “deeply alarming and highly suspicious.”Arrest warrants were issued for Thaddeous Charles Green, 22, Michael Diaz Mitchell, 32, and Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, all of Louisiana, Moore said.Moore said Green and the Mitchells, who are related, drove from Alexandria, Louisiana, on Friday to meet Brown for a prearranged drug deal that immediately turned bad.Moore said Jacquerious Mitchell allegedly told detectives how the deadly drug deal went down around 10:30 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot of the Atera apartments on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, about six miles from the South Side Flats apartment complex where Guyger killed Jean in September 2018, after mistaking his apartment for her own and assuming he was an intruder.“As they drove to the offense location, Thaddeous Green gets out of the vehicle, has a conversation with Joshua Brown, which escalates to physical altercations, at which time Jaquarious Mitchell gets out of the vehicle and he states that Joshua Brown orders him back into the vehicle and shoots him in the chest,” Moore said.He said Jaquarious Mitchell told investigators that he was lying inside the car when he heard two more gunshots.“He says Thaddeous Green shot Joshua Brown two times,” Moore said.Moore said an autopsy performed on Brown showed that he suffered two bullet wounds to his lower extremities, including one that entered and exited his body and another that entered his body just below the spine, traveled up and damaged vital organs.He said that after the shooting, according to Jaquarious Mitchell, Green took Brown’s gun and backpack and that all three sped away from the scene in what witnesses described as a silver, four-door sedan.“Michael Mitchell was the driver,” Moore said. “He dropped Thaddeous Green off at an unknown location and he took Jaquarious Mitchell to Promise Hospital (in Dallas) to receive treatment.”Moore said Jaquarious Mitchell has since been transferred to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he is in police custody.“We will execute a warrant for capital murder on him today,” said Moore, adding that capital murder warrants have also been issued for the other two suspects.He said a manhunt continued Tuesday afternoon for Green and Michael Mitchell and that Dallas investigators and federal agents were in Louisiana searching for them.Moore said that based on “numerous tips” related to Brown’s slaying, police obtained and executed a search warrant on an apartment at the Altera complex, where Brown was living at the time of his death. He said police confiscated from his unit 12 pounds of marijuana, 143 grams of THC cartridges and $4,000 cash.Moore expressed condolences to Brown’s family, saying, “We in the Dallas Police Department grieve with you.”“We understand how hard it is and how much pain is related to losing a loved one. No family member should have to suffer that kind of pain,” Moore said.Brown previously lived in an apartment across the hall from Botham Jean at the South Side Flats apartment complex. He testified at Guyger’s trial on Sept. 24 that he arrived home on Sept. 6, 2018, and heard two voices speaking excitedly just before two gunshots erupted inside Jean’s apartment.He contradicted Guyger’s testimony that she asked Jean to show her his hands before she opened fire, saying on the witness stand that he never heard Guyger say that.Brown’s voice choked up with emotion as he recalled how he’d often hear Jean singing gospel songs inside his apartment most mornings.Guyger testified that she shot the 26-year-old accountant after wrongly suspecting he was an intruder intent on killing her. A jury convicted her of murder last week and sentenced her to 10 years in prison.The break in the Brown homicide came just two days after Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall issued a statement, saying, “We are committed to solving this case and will work diligently to apprehend the individual responsible for Brown’s death.”Brown, a former football player at the University of South Florida in Tampa, was previously shot in November 2018 during an altercation outside a Dallas nightclub, according to ABC affiliate station WFAA-TV in Dallas. He was one of the targets of the attack, but another man was killed in that incident.Lee Merritt, an attorney for Botham Jean’s family, told WFAA on Sunday that Brown had been nervous about testifying in Guyger’s trial.“He was concerned that someone would try and come finish the job,” Merritt said.Despite his reluctance to testify in the criminal case against Guyger, Merritt said he had planned to ask Brown to take the witness stand again in a civil case the Jean family has filed against the city of Dallas, stemming from the fatal shooting of Botham Jean.“When we move forward with our civil trial, he was one of the first people we planned on calling,” Merritt said. “And now is no longer available.”While Merritt acknowledged there was no evidence that Brown’s slaying was linked to law enforcement or to the trial directly, he insisted it was something worth investigating.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Rugby League By KEVIN TEME PNG international and Brisbane Broncos premiership winning women’s player Amelia Kuk has switched sides. She does not want to play for Australia anymore and has teamed up with the PNG Orchids for the clash at the Oil Search National Football Stadium tomorrow. Amelia has decided to realign her allegiance to her country of origin after representing Australia in the women’s national rugby league team known as Jillaroos. The 22-year-old from Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province, said the decision she made was her own, something that she felt representing her country in Oil Search PNG Orchid team was much more influential than representing Australia. “I looked pretty ordinary playing for Jillaroos and am just like any other player wearing that number but when I am with the Orchids, I am being seen as a leader and a role model. I have bigger impact here in this team than with the Jillaroos,” she said. Kuk said after the World Cup playing in the green and gold jumper for Jillaroos she made up her mind to be committed to the Orchid going forward in her rugby league career. “I contribute better to this team and I have a bigger impact so my duties with Australia are gone,” Kuk said. She said she was lucky growing up in Australia and got the chance to represent that country, however, something that inspired her also to switch alliance was because of the young girls that look up to her. “I grew up in Brisbane and was lucky enough to get to represent Australia (Jillaroos) last year in the World Cup but ever since the World Cup I am fully committed to the Orchid and I will be for the future as well leading into the next World Cup,” she said. Kuks said the Orchids are fresh new team and this is an opportunity to help grow the game here in PNG and give some hope to some of the girls around the country. “I grew up playing every sport under the sun and I play rugby also. My dad played rugby league when he was young as well but for me I saw rugby as an opportunity to make a difference and to influence people through sports in a more positive way,” she said. “Especially coming from PNG with all the cultural barriers, I want to use rugby league as an opportunity to make a difference and show that women can play just as good as the men or if not better and they are capable of playing at the same level so my inspiration is the future – the young girls that are coming through and they inspire me.” She said playing in front of the home crowd is unreal. “I am so excited to come and I can’t wait to get out there and play. Last time I was there but played in Jillaroos colours. This time I will be in PNG colours and in the right home colours, in my home ground and I am really excited to go out there and play with the girls.”
Redskins QB Alex Smith suffers broken tibia, fibula, will undergo immediate surgery He also became the first Raven to rush for more than 100 yards in a game this season, according to NFL Network. Related News Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, delivered an impressive performance in his first start as he completed 13-of-19 passes for 150 yards, though he did have one interception. His rushing game was where he made an even stronger impact as he had 27 carries for 117 yards. Lamar Jackson is the first Raven to rush for 100 yards in a game this season.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 18, 2018Jackson, 21, became Baltimore’s first rookie starting quarterback since 2008, when Flacco jumped to the top of the depth chart because of injuries to Kyle Boller and Troy Smith, ESPN notes. The Ravens move to 5-5 on the season, while the Bengals fell to 5-5 after starting the season 4-1. Lamar Jackson secured a big victory in his first NFL start against the Bengals to end the Ravens’ three-game losing streak. The 21-year-old quarterback helped Baltimore pull off a 24-21 win in a critical matchup that will help determine the Ravens’ playoff fate. He had a big task of filling in for starting quarterback Joe Flacco, who has been dealing with a hip injury, and Jackson was tabbed the starter in Week 11 over Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft. Adrian Peterson passes John Riggins for sixth in career rushing touchdowns