Iowa City Murder Suspect Back in Johnson County

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter


By Belinda Yeung

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 27-year-old Illinois man accused of gunning down a City High graduate on the west side of Iowa City in June was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Thursday evening, 10 days after he was arrested in Cook County.

Brandon Brown waived extradition on Aug. 22 after Illinois authorities arrested him on a first-degree murder warrant out of Iowa City. That meant Brown would not fight a transfer to Johnson County to faces charges in connection with the June 21 shooting death of Donnelle Derrel Lindsey, 30, of Iowa City.

Brown is being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

According to witness reports to police, Brown asked Lindsey to walk down the street with him at 11:26 p.m. June 21, and the men were seen starting to argue. Brown is accused of producing a handgun and shooting Lindsey multiple times at a relatively close range, witnesses told investigators.

Emergency personnel were called to 2400 block of Petsel Place, and they rushed Lindsey to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead. Brown was last seen running from the area, according to police.

One witness is an acquaintance of Brown, and other witnesses positively identified Brown as the shooter in a photo lineup, police reported.

Brown, of Lansing, Ill., was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at a home in South Holland, Ill., that belonged to one of his close friends, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Officers tracked him there after receiving a tip that Brown was in the area, according to Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis.

Investigators identified Brown through a basement window, where they saw him sitting on a coach and watching TV, according to Demertzis. When officers entered the home, Brown was taken into custody without incident, Demertzis said.
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