The brother of a fugitive accused in the brazen 2004 slaying of an armored car employee in Ahwatukee Foothills has cooperated with police in finding the suspected killer even as he prepares for his own trial on a charge of obstruction of justice.
David John Brown of Southern California is set to begin trial Sept. 18 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, but twice in the last two years he has had lengthy interviews to assist police in tracking his fugitive brother, Jason Derek Brown.
Jason Brown is often featured on “America’s Most Wanted” as the suspect in the Nov. 29, 2004, death of Robert Keith Palomares, who was picking up cash from the AMC 24 Theater, 4915 E. Ray Road, when he was shot five times in the face and head.
According to an FBI search warrant affidavit, the shooter got away on a bicycle with $56,000. Witnesses had seen someone matching Jason Brown’s description seemingly casing the theater in the days before the shooting. Jason Brown also checked out of a hotel near the crime scene about nine hours after the shooting and shortly before police arrived on a tip.
He checked into a hotel in Henderson, Nev., about 6½ hours after leaving the Chandler hotel, the warrant states.
David Brown was arrested April 6, 2005. A grand jury indictment alleged that he drove his brother’s 2003 BMW on Dec. 26, 2004, from a storage locker in Nevada to California and then washed it and cleaned the interior to get rid of evidence.
David Brown’s attorney, Larry Hammond, declined to discuss the case and said he would save his comments for the courtroom.
According to a written agreement between the U.S. attorney and David Brown, he agreed to interviews with authorities that couldn’t be used against him in court but could be used in tracking his brother.
He and prosecutors also worked out a plea deal, but U.S. District Court Judge Frank Martone refused to accept it, court records show.