Mistaken Identity Leads To Freeing Wrongfully Accused Man In Jacksonville Shooting

Many times in Jacksonville, as well as surrounding communities, people are accused of crimes they did not commit, such as a theft or gun crime. However, they may face hassles from police or the State who believes they are the culprit. When this happens, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case.

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney Blog has been keeping an eye on the on the happenings since the Regency Mall shooting last week, and not to our surprise, Keith Anthony Brown, the originally accused suspect, has been set free. Brown was originally arrested for being identified as shooting an innocent bystander an attempted double homicide. However, mistaken identity strikes again. hand-cuffed-300x300-2008-11-20.jpg

Jacksonville gun crimes cases tend to be cases of eye witness shock, confusion, and many times, when cameras cannot identify the actual attacker, that eye witness testimony will be what the police go on when making an arrest. This procedure is commonly accepted and when used appropriately, is good for incarcerating the actual offender, limiting the ability of the offender to flee. However, the right person is not always arrested.

Many times, a person accused of a crime is not identified as that person until much later after the crime is committed. At that point, the victim or, in Brown’s case, the intended victim, will lose important details about their assailant. Unfortunately, this diminished capacity to correctly and properly identify their attacker leads to many wrongly accused arrests, like Brown.

Unfortunately, when the very weak at best eye-witness identification is relied upon, and that eye-witness identification comes from a seemingly adverse party, the police should investigate further. Fortunately, in this situation, the identification was looked into further. The real perpetrator, Joshua Rashaad Davis, has been charged with similar crimes as Brown was: carrying a concealed firearm and two counts of attempted murder.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office has come back and said that Brown was not involved in any way with the actual crime and that he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” However, this man is involved and will forever be involved with this case because he was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. This man has had his name up in newspapers and tabloids all week, and as such, even though he is innocent, some people will never see him the same.

Many times in Jacksonville, people in Brown’s situation never have the opportunity for their case to be heard, nor their innocence brought to light. This is not acceptable and is a problem that must be fixed. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville gun crimes attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure that the truth will be brought to light and that one’s innocence will be proven and rights restored.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Law & Disorder: Arrest after shooting a mistake, police say, The Times-Union, The Florida Times-Union