David Jonathan Brown Murder Case Continued to July 26

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by LA1 News Desk

   A hearing was held downtown today at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts Building for the murder case against David Jonathan Brown. He is charged with stabbing USC professor Bosco Tjan to death at a campus neuroscience laborotory on December 6, 2016. The hearing was brief, and ended with a continuation to July 26, 2017. The apperance was intended to announce the findings of Risa Grand, the court’s psychiatric doctor, on whether Brown is sane enough to face trial. Deputy Public Defender Steve Schoenfield stated at the hearing that the psychiatrist is not yet done with her evaluation.

   The judge is Georgina Torres Rizk. The hearing began at 9:15 am with Brown being led out dressed in a yellow-colored jail top. The judge announced that her youngest son is currently working as a teaching assistant, her husband is a professor, and that she herself earned her undergraduate degree at USC. She also stated that her youngest son graduated at USC. However, she stated that those potential conflicts of interest posed "no problem." Both sides agreed.

   After the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman was interviewed and said, "this is a tragedy," when asked to describe the case. Silverman said the family was not present in court today and they will not be present at trial. When asked what the people seek out of this case, Ms. Silverman said, "we seek justice."

   Schoenfield said that his client is "very sick" and said he expects a finding of insanity by the psychiatric doctor on July 26. Brown, a graduate neuroscience student, is charged with first-degree murder, including a special allegation of using a “deadly and dangerous weapon” to kill Tjan.

LA1 News will be present through the duration of the trial proceedings.

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