Shootout Trial:UPDATE

Update 12.18.09 3:15pm

A jury deliberated for approximately four hours before reaching a pair of guilty verdicts in the trial of Jeffrey Brown.

Brown was accused of two counts of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle for a shoot out on Kissimmee Street.

The jury found him guilty on a lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Brown faces up to 30 years in prison. He'll be sentenced next month.

Brown also has yet to stand trial for manslaughter in the death of 15 year old Michael Jackson. Jackson was killed just minutes after the shoot out when police say the two gangs faced off again on Holton Street.

Jamal Taylor and Andreal Tyler also face manslaughter charges in Jackson's death.
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Update 12:30 p.m. Wednsday, February 18, 2009:

A jury is now deliberating in the attempted murder trial Jeffrey Brown. Attorneys made their final arguments this morning and jurors began deliberating just after 11a.m.

We'll keep you posted with more developments as they become available.
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A volley of gunfire on Kissimmee Street one year ago today (February 17, 2008) is now front and center in a Tallahassee courtroom.

Jeffrey Brown is accused of opening fire on a rival gang member's truck the same night that bad blood would ultimately cost 15 year old Michael Jackson his life.

Jeffrey Brown took the stand Tuesday morning claiming the shots he fired on February 17th, 2008 were fired in self defense.

"What did you do when the vehicle started shooting at you?" asked defense attorney Annabelle Dias.

"I got my gun from under the seat and my clip out of the glove box and I proceeded to shoot back," Brown replied.

Brown is facing attempted murder charges for what police call a gang shoot out on Kissimmee Street.

Police say a confrontation between north side and west side gang members at the Calypso Cafe that night spilled into the street and within minutes Brown was trading gunfire with Jamal Taylor, who was behind the wheel of a white pick up truck.

Brown's attorneys claim Taylor fired first, and under Florida law, Brown has the right to shoot back. Before the trial started, they asked the judge to drop the charges.

"He was in his vehicle. He had a lawful right to stand his ground,"
Dias argued.

Yet prosecutors argued it doesn't matter who fired first. They say it wasn't self defense, it was combat.

The judge refused to drop the charges and left it up to the jury to decide. Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Wednesday.

Among those on the stand Tuesday morning, Jamal Taylor, who was already acquitted of attempted murder charges in the same incident.

He testified today that he fired shots first, which prosecutors point out contradicts what he said during his trial. When pressed on the changing story, Taylor plead the fifth.

Right now, Brown is on trial only for the Kissimmee Street shootout.
But he, Jamal Taylor and another man, Andreal Tyler are also accused of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

Jackson was killed later the same night in a hail of gunfire on Holton Street as arrest papers say, the two gangs squared off again.

A trial date for those charges has yet to be set.
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Testimony is underway in a trial of a Tallahassee man accused of what police are calling a gang-related shootout.

The shootout happened just minutes before the murder of Michael Jackson, one year ago today.

Jeffrey Brown is now on trial for attempted murder for a shootout on Kissimmee Street in which he exchanged gunfire with two men in a white pickup.

Police consider it a clash between rival gangs, Northside and Westside but, Brown denies being a part of a gang.

Brown claims he was firing in self defense and that the men in the white truck fired first.

A judge refused to drop the charges today and says a jury should decide.


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  • by nickieb Location: chicago on Mar 2, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    MY LIL COUSIN JEFF IS INOCIENT , REGARDLESS OF HOW ANYONE LOOK AT IT I DON'T FEEL HE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR SOMEONE ELES MISSTAKES THE BOLISTICS SHOW THAT THE BULLET THAT KILLED MJ DID NOT COME FROM HIS GUN SO WHY SHOULD HE BE CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER THE PROBLEM IS HE GOT HATERS AND HE WAS WITH THE WRONG CROUD OF PEOPLE. JEFF IS NOT A GANG MEMBER HE HAS NEVER BEEN TO JAIL IN HIS SHORT LIFE UNTIL NOW HE WAS A HOUOR ROLE STUDENT THROUGH OUT HIS SCHOOL YEARS MY GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAS RAISED HIM UP SINCE THE AGE OF 2 JEFF GREW UP IN CHURCH AND KNOWS THE BIBLE VERY WELL. JEFF DID NOT SELL DRUGS TO MAKE A LIVING HE WAS A HARD WORKER SUCH AS THR THUGS THAT WHERE ARRESSTED ALONG WITH HIM THEY SAY MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND UNFORTUNLY MY COUSIN HAVE TO SUFFER BY SURRENDERING HIS LIFE DO TO THE FACT THAT WANNA BE FRIENDS LEAD TO THE DEATH OF ANOTHER OUR WHOLE FAMILY ALONG WITH MYSELF WILL BE DECEASED BEFORE HE EVER SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY AND THATS NOT FAIR WHEN HE DIDN'T KILL HIM
  • by SHOOTEM UP Location: HERE on Feb 19, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    THIS IS HOW YOU RID THE BLACK NEIBORHOODS OF CRIME OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.. JUST GET A CROOKED COP TO RIDE AROUND THE NEINORHOOD AND PASSOUT GUNS AND BAGS OF CRACK AND TELL THEM YOU CAN PROTECT THEM FROM GOING TO JAIL PROTECT YOUR GROUNG AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THEY WILL KILL OFF ALL THE THUGDADDY'S EXCEPT THE LAST KING THEN ARREST HIM CHARGE HIM WITH ALL THE MURDERS AND SENTENCE HIM TO DEATH. THEN ALL THE HONERT HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN THE NEIBORHOOD CAN LIVE A PEACFUL LIFE.
  • by Idiot Location: Dont tell them Leroy did it on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    Posted by: mlh on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:06 AM BTW - when will there be an update on the abduction and murder of MARILYN HARRIS?::: I'll tell you when, when the media has finished shoving the white guilt down Americas throat with national black cracker day/week/month. She was abducted by those men in her front yard, two black men but it's all on the shhhhh right now because some are like Holder says,, a bunch of cowards when it comes to race relations. What if the zebra killers are back and the police and the media are covering them up?? Making these look like randopm acts of violence when they know for sure these attacks are related on several levels?? What If?!!!
  • by kim Location: tallahassee on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    god lee
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Shabazz, hang in there big boy keep looking over your shoulders,cuz your time's comming!
  • by anon Location: leon on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    Now go cover the trial of the thugs that robbed the guy at the ATM going on today. get all the bad guys out there and expose them for what they are and lock them up.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    shabazz your own people brought you here and like GV said, I wouldn't touch "your people" with a darn 20 foot pole, i don't want some nasty STD! Ya'll don't do anything else for yourselves except collect OUR money that WE work for and just breed like you're rabbits or something! What an idiot, you people make me sick. Don't you dare blame the white people for ya'll being sorry and lazy, if ya'll weren't going around shooting people and robbing people for their hard earned money that you're stealing anyways from collecting your welfare checks. I could go on and on all day about why it's YOUR fault and no one else's.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 19, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    What's that supposed to mean?All I'm sayin to shabazz that if they want a peaceful black history month,to tell the black thugs to be peaceful,but we know that can't happen.The white man ain't doin nothin in order for it to not be peaceful.
  • by mlh on Feb 18, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    BTW - when will there be an update on the abduction and murder of MARILYN HARRIS? found over by Greenville, and she lived in Woodville and her truck was found near Lloyd.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    No one should have a history except GV
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