DALLAS — Thaddeous Green, the third suspect accused in the slaying of a witness in the Amber Guyger trial, was jailed more than 17 months ago in Jefferson Parish Louisiana before he was extradited and booked into Dallas County jail in May.
Green faces a capital murder charge in connection with the 2019 slaying of Joshua Brown, and his bail is set to $2 million. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney in the murder case.
Dallas police said the Dallas County district attorney’s office requested Green’s extradition in January, and police played no role in the extradition process. Dallas police had not made Green’s arrest public when The Dallas Morning News reported his arrest Wednesday.
Brown was a neighbor to Botham Jean, the 26-year-old Black man shot and killed by former Dallas police officer Guyger, who is white. Guyger was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Brown, who was 28 years old at the time, died just days after he testified in the trial, leading to rampant speculation that his death was linked to his testimony. He was fatally shot in October 2019 outside of an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road, near the Dallas North Tollway.
Police said three men drove to Dallas from Alexandria, Louisiana, in a plot to rob Brown, according to arrest warrant affidavits from the time. Authorities also described the slaying as the result of a drug deal gone bad.
One of the men, Jacquerious Mitchell, was dropped off at at Parkland Hospital following the shooting, where he was taken into custody, according to authorities. Michael Diaz Mitchell was taken into custody by U.S. marshals in Marksville, Louisiana, several days later.
According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, Jacquerious Mitchell told police Green got out of their vehicle first to talk to Brown, which led to an altercation between the two men. Jacquerious Mitchell told investigators when he got out of the car, Brown shot him first. He then heard two more gunshots after he fell back in the car.
Michael Diaz Mitchell dropped off Green at an unknown location and took Jacquerious, his nephew, to the hospital, according to the affidavits.
Michael Diaz Mitchell, 35, pleaded guilty to murder in November in connection with the case and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, according to court records. Jacquerious Mitchell, 23, faces a capital murder charge in connection with the slaying and remains in Dallas County Jail with his bail set at $500,000. His case is still pending, court records show.
According to court records from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, part of the greater New Orleans area, Green was arrested in December 2021 and was booked as a fugitive from Dallas County.
Two probable cause affidavits reveal Green and another man were taken into custody following an alleged vehicle burglary. Police recovered two bags on the ground near another vehicle that Green claimed to belong to his brother. Inside the bags were about 4500 tablets and two bottles of promethazine, police said in the affidavits.
Green escaped from the back of the police car while still handcuffed during the incident, but was apprehended seven hours later, records show. A search warrant was executed at the two men’s hotel room and a vehicle they arrived in. Police said they found several bottles of Promethazine, about 400 tablets of MDMA, 15 grams of marijuana, 44 grams of cocaine and marijuana edibles. According to the affidavits, officers also found alprazolam and five firearms.
Records show Green pled guilty in July 2022 to possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, simple escape, distribution without a prescription, resisting an officer by false ID and misrepresentation during booking. He was sentenced to a total of 6 1/2 years in Louisiana prison. An attorney listed in court records for the Louisiana charges did not immediately respond to a request for comment.