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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:16 pm

An eyewitness of a Springfield man’s death testified in court Monday morning to bring former Missouri State student Joshua Brown to trial.

Brandon McDonald, 27, of Chicago, testified for the State of Missouri Monday morning in a preliminary hearing in the case of Missouri v. Joshua K. Brown held to determine if there was enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

Brown, 21, of Springfield, Mo. was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the May 5 shooting death of Javon Carter.

According to a Springfield Police Department probable cause statement taken from McDonald, Brown shot Carter and wounded McDonald at his residence at 1134 S. Maryland Ave. – a few blocks from MSU’s campus – on May 5.

Brown fled the scene afterward and was picked up in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 26 and extradited to Springfield on Aug. 8 to face charges.

McDonald, Carter’s cousin, was called to the stand for the prosecution to provide an eyewitness account of the events that occurred on May 5.

According to McDonald’s testimony, he, Carter and another individual went to Brown’s home at 1134 S. Maryland Ave. around 2:30 p.m. on May 5 to “squash a misunderstanding” of stealing.

“We went to talk to (Brown) about why he’d been telling people we stole money from him,” McDonald said in his testimony and went on to explain that he had heard rumors around town that Brown was telling other people McDonald and McDonald’s cousins had stolen from him.

The three men drove to Brown’s home unarmed and without hostile intentions, McDonald said.

When they arrived at Brown’s home and entered his residence, Brown grabbed a gun off of a coffee table in the house’s front room and began asking what they were doing there, McDonald said.

The men exited Brown’s home, but Brown followed them outside. Then Carter and Brown began fighting in the yard, McDonald said.

McDonald said he thought Brown had left the gun in the house before coming outside to fight Carter. The two were standing across from one another with a car in between them, when Brown pulled out the gun and shot Carter in the arm, causing Carter to fall, McDonald said.

Brown then went around the car, squatted down and pointed the gun at Carter’s face. McDonald tried to push Brown off, but the gun went off, grazing McDonald’s forearm and killing Carter, McDonald said.

“I would never have let them fight if I’d known he had a gun,” McDonald said in his testimony.

McDonald was the sole witness at the preliminary hearing and Brown, represented by Missouri Assistant Public Defender Wendy Garrison, was present to hear his testimony.

Judge Mark Fitzsimmons determined there was enough evidence to put Brown on trial and set an arraignment for him at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 21 at the Greene County Judicial Facility, 1010 Boonville Ave.

Brown will remain at the Greene County Jail with bond set at $350,000 until his arraignment.

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