Murder Charges Filed Against Joshua Brown

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CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. — A Cedar County man currently serving prison time for drug possesssion and evidence tampering in the death of a Sheriff’s deputy is now facing charges of a second person that night. 

Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither filed charges today against Joshua Jay Brown in the death of William Collins on Nov. 2, 2014.

He is charged with felony murder resulting from the perpetration or flight from perpetration involving possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of burglary tools, the Cedar County Prosecutor said in a press release.

Brown was the driver of a car stopped by Deputy Matthew Chism on Nov. 2, 2014. Collins was his passenger who fled from the stopped auto and was pursued by Chism. The two struggled and shot each other during the fray. Williams was dead at the scene and Chism died later at a hospital.

Brown was charged and convicted earlier with the death of Chism, but a judge overturned the verdict. He has been in prison since 2016 for evidence tampering and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the same incident. 

Brown has a parole hearing scheduled for January 8, where he could potentially be released two years into his 10-year sentence. 

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