Brown to go to trial for Iowa City murder this month

Police say Lindsey gunned down at close range in June 2012

Published: November 1 2013 | 11:35 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 10:46 pm in
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The trial for an Illinois man accused of gunning down a City High graduate last June will go on at scheduled later this month.

Brandon Brown, 28, is scheduled to go to trial for first-degree murder on Nov. 12. Both the prosecution and Brown's defense team said at a pretrial conference Friday they were prepared to go forward with the proceedings.

Brown is accused of gunning down Donnelle 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. Police said Brown pulled a handgun and shot Lindsey multiple times at close range. Paramedics were called to 2437 Petsel Place and Lindsey was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown fled the area, but was arrested two months later on Aug. 21 at a home belonging to one of his friends in South Holland, Ill. Police tracked him there after receiving a tip Brown was in the area.

Brown is accused of pulling out a handgun and shooting Lindsey multiple times at a relatively close range, witnesses told investigators, according to police.

One witness was an acquaintance of Brown and another positively identified him as the shooter in a lineup, police said.

Originally slated to last longer than a week, Assistant County Attorney Dana Christensen said Friday he expected the trial to be wrapped up within four days.

"I don’t think this is going anywhere near the length of time that had originally been battered about," he told Judge Marsha Bergan. "This looks like it will wrap up within the week it starts."

A pool of 100 potential jurors will be convened. Defense attorney Brian Sissel said he would like the pool to answer a questionnaire about their prior knowledge of the case to speed up the jury selection process. Ultimately, 12 jurors and one or two alternates will be selected to hear the evidence.

Christensen said he will call 10 or fewer witnesses. Sissel had previously indicated he would call four witnesses, at most.

If convicted of first-degree murder, a class A felony, Brown would face a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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