110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 15, 2013 - 1:05:45pm
The Florida Highway Patrol has completed its investigation of the death of Marlon Brown, who was struck by a DeLand Police squad car May 8.
The FHP delivered a package to the State Attorney's Office July 11, containing the conclusions of the traffic-homicide investigator, and other notes and reports, along with audio tapes and dash-camera videos that recorded activity in the two police cars that had been following Brown's vehicle.
Neither the State Attorney's Office nor the FHP is talking about the investigation.
FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said it's all in the hands of the State Attorney, who will decide when the investigation is made public.
"We won't be commenting," Montes said.
David Smith, chief of operations at the State Attorney's Office, said a joint investigation between his office and the FHP has now begun, and doesn't know when police dash-cam videos, radio transmissions, or other materials will be released to the public.
The case has been assigned to Assistant State Attorney Jason Lewis.
Krystal Brown, Marlon Brown's former wife and the mother of his two children, 13-year-old Armani and 12-year-old Marlon Jr., told The Beacon July 12, "I have contacted the State Attorney's Office. I spoke with them today."
"I just hope they'll be expeditious with it," she said of the State Attorney's investigation.
For Krystal Brown, the right conclusion will include a criminal charge against Officer Harris.
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