A Jasper County jury on Monday afternoon found 38-year-old Dallas Brown guilty on a charge of tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair or destroy, and at about 7:00 p.m. the jury sentenced him to 16 years in prison and also imposed a $10,000.00 fine. The trial began early Monday afternoon with the prosecution calling only two witnesses – both police officers who were involved in the arrest of Brown - and the defense calling none.
The jury deliberated for only 35 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict, and they deliberated for about 2 hours during the punishment phase.
Brown was arrested by Jasper Police September of 2017 and initially charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance; specifically, cocaine and methamphetamine, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of failure to identify. Brown was later indicted by the Jasper County Grand Jury in April of 2018 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
During testimony, Jasper Police Officer Barrance Averhart testified that Brown had a marijuana cigarette in his mouth, which he spit out when ordered to do so by the officer, which was also shown on video from Averhart’s body-camera. The prosecution argued that Brown destroyed the evidence while attempting to conceal it in his mouth.
This is the second time that the state has taken Brown to trial.
During the first trial in February, the jury informed State District Judge Craig Mixson that they were deadlocked with eleven finding Brown guilty, and one finding Brown not guilty. Judge Mixson declared a mistrial, and Pickle declared that Brown would be tried again.