Bond revoked for man indicted on second-degree murder charge

BATON ROUGE — An East Baton Rouge Parish judge granted a motion to revoke the bond of a man accused of murder and disqualify an ankle monitor company from anymore pre-trial monitoring.

The judge granted East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore’s motions to revoke Johnny Brown’s bond and disqualify Criminal Tracking Services from providing any pre-trial monitoring.

Johnny Brown’s history

In November 2020, Brown was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brian Dawson.

A grand jury indicted Brown for second-degree murder in March 2021. Arrest documents say Judge Eboni Johnson set bond at $75,000 with special conditions, including Brown being under the supervision of Criminal Tracking Services (CTS) for one year.

On June 9, 2022, Brown was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile, possession of a machine gun, and possession of marijuana resulting from a traffic stop.

During the traffic stop, Baton Rouge police found a Glock 30 .45 caliber handgun with a modified “switch,” arrest documents say. The gun had been previously reported stolen in December 2021.

On June 10, 2022, Frederick Hall, an investigator with CTS, provided the court a letter advising that Brown was arrested, his ankle monitor was not charged, and he violated his curfew.

In November 2022, Hall informed the court that Brown continued to wear the ankle monitor but had to be constantly reminded to charge it.

Arrest documents say Gloria Hall of CTS told the court Brown had escaped supervision in February 2023. He was arrested again in April. In May, arrest documents show Brown was released back out on bond.

Devin Page

The seized firearm was tested after Brown’s arrest during the traffic stop in June. The results indicated it was the same firearm used in the homicide of three-year-old Devin Page Jr. in April 2022.

However, investigators cannot place Brown at the scene because his ankle monitor was not tracking him. It’s why the toddler’s murder has yet to be solved.

Page Jr. was asleep in his bed when a bullet came through the home window and shot the child in the head. The 3-year-old died on the scene.

It was a drive-by shooting with dozens of bullets meant for the next-door neighbors, but one bullet went to the wrong home. It happened around 11:45 p.m. in the 5100 block of Fairfields Ave. 

Motion to Disqualify CTS

“Mr. Hall has indicated through communication with the district attorney that he advised the court of Brown’s violations,” the petition states. “The state has checked the court record through Clerk Connect, and there are no court minutes or letters in the record other than those previously discussed.”

The petition states that Hall has not monitored Brown for the two years since he’s been on house arrest.

“He not only was unaware of Johnny Brown’s location during much of this period, he does not have any reports of monitoring since November 21, 2022, and he had no idea that beginning February 2023, Brown was not even wearing a monitor,” the documents say. “The court can act now and choose to no longer appoint CTS as a supervisor based upon their egregious lack of oversight in this case.”

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