Police Detective Jason Bartel said that by the fourth of six interviews with double-murder suspect Shawn Brown, Brown was having trouble keeping up with his lies.
During the first interview, Bartel told a Sedgwick County jury on Friday, Brown was only considered a witness in the Jan. 2, 2013, death of Shawn Rhone, who was shot after being lured to a vacant house in the 1700 block of Northeast Parkway to sell marijuana.
By the second interview, Bartel said, Brown had become a suspect and was read his Miranda rights.
Before the third interview, Bartel said, Brown’s name had come up in a separate investigation into the death of Adji “A.D.” Tampone, who had been found shot to death in his home in the 700 block of South Rutan earlier that day, Jan. 3, 2013.
Brown, not realizing that Tampone’s body had been found, admitted that he had been driving Tampone’s 2003 Cadillac DeVille, Bartel said. Brown even admitted that he put a picture of the car on his Facebook page under the heading “New Lac.”
It was during that third interview, Bartel testified, that a police supervisor came into the room and told Brown about Tampone.
“He advised Shawn that the individual known as A.D. was found deceased,” Bartel said.
“Was Shawn told that he was driving a dead man’s car?” prosecutor Trinity Muth asked.
“Yes,” Bartel said.
Bartel’s testimony came at the close of the state’s case against Brown, who is standing trial on two counts of first-degree murder. Police said Tampone, 29, was killed because of a drug debt he owed to Brown.
They said Rhone, 42, was shot during an attempted robbery. Police said Brown and his two brothers drove to the scene of Rhone’s murder in the Cadillac taken from Tampone after he was killed.
One Brown brother, Jerone Brown, 20, was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder in the killings. The third, Milo Brown, 22, was sentenced this month to life in prison for his role in Rhone’s murder. Milo Brown was not charged with taking part in Tampone’s killing.
Bartel said Shawn Brown, 21, at first denied any knowledge of the Cadillac. He later claimed that he rented it from Tampone for $200 to use on New Year’s Eve, Bartel said.
Brown eventually changed his story, Bartel said, and said he took the car as collateral because Tampone owed him $1,000 for crack cocaine that Tampone had taken from him on the morning of Dec. 31, 2012.
The trial resumes next week in the courtroom of District Judge Ben Burgess.