Murder suspect claims self defense
BRIDGEPORT - He was just helping a buddy steal three pounds of marijuana but ended up shooting the dealer in self defense, police said Jovanne Brown confessed.
“I didn’t mean to do that to the (expletive), I was just there to make sure nothing bad happened,” police said Brown told them.
Brown is charged with felony murder, murder, possession of a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
During the hearing the judge noted that Brown has no prior criminal record and then ordered him held in lieu of $750,000 bond.
Shortly before 10 p.m., on Friday, police found Watkins lying on Berkshire Avenue, shot multiple times. A short time later police said a white Hyundai sedan pulled up in front of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center emergency room and a large man helped a bleeding Brown into the hospital and then hurriedly drove off.
Police said Brown, who was treated for a bullet wound in his chest, initially told them he had been walking on Maplewood Avenue when a shot was fired at him from a car. He didn’t know who shot him or way, police said he told them.
However, as detectives began to connect Brown to Watkins’ shooting, police said Brown admitted there was more to his story.
Police said he then told them that a friend had arranged to purchase three pounds of marijuana from Watkins and that in exchange for coming along the friend would fix Brown’s car.
When Brown got into his friend’s car he asked his friend, “Do you even got any bread,” a reference to the money to buy the marijuana, police said. “No I ain’t got nothing,” the friend said.
Police said they asked Brown if the intent was to rob Watkins of his marijuana. “I guess so,” they said he replied.
But during the drug deal police said Brown told them Watkins had become alarmed when Brown moved around in the back seat so Watkins shot Brown. There was then a struggle in the car, Brown picked up a gun off the floor and fired twice at Watkins, police said Brown told them.
The driver of the Hyundai then pushed Watkins out of the car and took off with Brown, police said Brown told them.