Overton man arrested in connection with 2015 shooting death

Overton man arrested in connection with 2015 shooting death
Joseph Brown. (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Jessie Brown (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Jessie Brown (Source: Gregg County Jail)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Gregg County grand jury has indicted an Overton man in connection with the 2015 shooting death of another man.

Joseph Scott Brown, 36, was booked into the jail early Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder.

Gregg County Sheriff's Office spokesman Josh Tubbs confirmed Brown is charged in connection with the May 20, 2015, shooting death of John Allen Franco.

Jessie Clifford Brown, 36, was arrested on the same charge on Oct. 19.

A witness riding with Franco told police investigators that she and Franco were driving along Old Highway 135 about 10:15 p.m. on May 20, 2015, when she noticed a truck pass them at a high rate of speed.  A short time later, Franco turned onto Smallwood Road. The witness told police she saw the truck that had passed them sitting on the side of the road with its lights off.

Three males got out of the truck and approached Franco's vehicle, she said, but re-entered their vehicle when Franco began driving away backward.

Franco stopped their vehicle just short of the intersection of Smallwood Road and Highway 135, and the witness told police that's when one of the males got out of the truck and approached Franco at their driver's side door, holding what she believed was a handgun.

"[The witness] told me she was uncertain about what occurred, but that she believed Franco reversed his vehicle really fast and that something caused the driver's side window to break. She said the truck continued in reverse and crashed into the ditch on Smallwood Road," said Gregg County Criminal Investigator Roy Nixon in the arrest warrant.

A witness told the investigator that Jessie Brown wanted to assault Franco because Franco had threatened to show nude photos of his stepdaughter, who the documents allege Franco formerly had a relationship with.

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