A Johnson County judge has denied a request to delay the first-degree murder trial of a 27-year-old Illinois man accused of gunning down a City High graduate on the west side of Iowa City in June.
That means Brandon Brown still is scheduled to be tried on the murder charge on April 16. Brown has been in the Johnson County Jail on a $1 million bond since Aug. 30.
His attorney, Sarah Hradek, asked the court to continue Brown’s trial last week, but a judge on Friday denied that request.
Brown is accused of fatally shooting Donnelle Derrel Lindsey, 30, of Iowa City, on June 21. According to witnesses and police, Brown asked Lindsey to walk down the street with him at 11:26 p.m. that night, and an argument ensued. Brown is accused of pulling out a handgun and shooting Lindsey multiple times at a relatively close range, witnesses told investigators, according to police.
Paramedics were called to 2437 Petsel Place, and they rushed Lindsey to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead. Brown was last seen running from the area, according to police.
One witness was an acquaintance of Brown, and another positively identified him as the shooter in a lineup, police reported. But Brown wasn’t immediately arrested because he fled the state, according to investigators.
He was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at a home belonging to one of his friends in South Holland, Ill., according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Officers said they tracked him there after receiving a tip that Brown was in the area.
He was extradited back to Johnson County 10 days later.