Robbing Johnson Was Brown's Idea, Witness Says

Robbing Johnson Was Brown's Idea, Witness Says

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Seven witnesses took the stand Wednesday in the second day of testimony in the murder trial of Sammy Brown.

Brown is one of five people charged in the May 2017 murder of Tyler Johnson.

In Jefferson County Court, the jury heard evidence that Brown suggested robbing Johnson.

A woman testified that Brown said instead of buying, he'd take video game consoles, cell phones and a laptop computer Johnson was selling. 

Brown allegedly made those comments in spring of 2017, shortly before Johnson's May 18 shooting death.

A state police investigator who analyzed surveillance video from an auto shop next door testified three suspects were at Johnson's town of Pamelia home minutes before his murder.

Jurors also heard from Tyler's great-aunt who also lived in the Route 37 home.

She testified that on the night of the shooting she was in the bathroom when she heard "a loud bang like a door slamming, heard feet running and someone yell 'Watertown police.'"

She says she opened the door and then saw two people run past her out of the home "head-to-toe covered completely in black."

The jury also heard from a woman who lived across the hall from Taylor Beckstead, one of the other people accused in Johnson's murder. 

The witness said after the murder she saw a number of people come back to Beckstead's apartment, first Beckstead and one of the other defendants, Shawn Moore, then two men dressed in all black, and later, Sammy Brown. 

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