Arlington Teen Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder After Teen Victim Dies

Baylee Friday
June 04, 2020 - 11:12 am

ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Arlington police say a high school student is now charged with the murder of 14-year-old Dorothy Brown.

On May 27th, Dorothy was at an apartment complex in Arlington with 18-year-old Javien Brown, a student at Lamar High School. Police say the two teens, who are not related and didn't seem to be in a romantic relationship, got into a disagreement. 

That's when police say Javien pulled out a gun and shot Dorothy, point blank.

"He pulled out a firearm and shot her in the head," says Lt. Chris Cook with the Arlington police. "Just ... no value for the sanctity of life, at all."

Dorothy was rushed to the hospital, alive, and Javien was tracked down and arrested two days later on a charge of aggravated assault.

"This seems to stem from an argument between the victim and the suspect," Cook says. "You know, you would think there had to be something more going on. But in reality ... that's kind of what we've ended up with. And he did confess."

Dorothy had been in the hospital fighting for her life, until yesterday, when Cook says she died from her injuries. 

Now, Javien's charges are being upgraded.

"We originally arrested him for aggravated assault, because the victim had not passed away yet," Cook says. "Today we'll be working with the Tarrant County DA's Office to upgrade that to a murder charge."

Cook says Dorothy was listed as a runaway. She lived in Dallas with her parents, but had recently left home and was staying with a friend in Arlington.