Murder trial delayed for third time
Despite an expletive-laden outburst from the defendant, the murder trial of Jamauhle Brown has once again been continued.
Brown, 32, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, tampering with physical evidence, unlawful possession of a firearm and committing a felony in furtherance of street gang activity after the 2010 death of Sedalia resident Michael E. Smith.
During a pre-trial conference Tuesday, Brown’s public defender, Kathleen Brown, asked for a continuance of the trial, currently slated for March 5. This marks the third time the trial has been pushed back and, according to Pettis County Prosecutor Jeff Mittelhauser, comes two years after Brown was indicted.
“The crime occurred three years ago, (Brown) was indicted two years ago,” Mittelhauser said.
Brown’s attorney said she’d like to continue the trial until April, which would give her time for additional depositions and to review some gun reports she said she didn’t previously have access to.
“We found some reports, maybe five or six pages, from a gun report that she didn’t have,” Mittelhauser told Circuit Court Judge Robert Koffman.
“In my opinion they aren’t significant but she’s certainly entitled to have those documents. (The Prosecutor’s Office) can make several January and February dates available to finish those depositions.”
Koffman told the attorneys he wanted the trial date pinned down.
“We’re pulling this jury in (from Boone County) and I’ve got to budget for food, transportation and lodging,” the judge said. “Even Charles Manson didn’t take two years to get to a trial.”
As Kathleen Brown suggested an April date, Jamauhle Brown, who was listening to the exchange from the Pettis County Jail via a video conference, told Koffman, “That’s (expletive). Tell (Kathleen Brown) she needs to see me. Tell the prosecutor to do his damn job. I’ve been waiting two years.”
Brown continued to use expletives despite his attorney telling him to be quiet. After turning off the video, Koffman agreed to the continuance, though said he expected to see movement on the case.
“We’re pushing the end of the year with this,” he said. “Eventually I’m going to set the darn thing and let the appeals (court) take care of it.”
Brown was arrested by the Sedalia Police Department in April 2011, nearly a year after Michael Smith, 30, was found dead in his home of multiple gunshot wounds. At the time of the homicide, several people were reported to be living at Smith’s home in the 1400 block of West 11th Street, but no one reported seeing anything. SPD officers and law enforcement officials with the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad followed up on 130 leads before arresting Brown.
According to an April 2011 Democrat story, Brown was associated with the Five-Block gang and Smith may have been targeted because he had associated with someone who was a member of another known gang. Smith was not believed to be an active gang member.
Brown is currently being held at the Algoa Correction Center in Jefferson City. His next court date has not yet been set.
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