According to court records, Brown told deputies he shot in self-defense.
Brown was questioned by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives shortly after Chatman was found dead outside a car near the intersection of Eaton and Warwick roads about 6:40 p.m., according to court documents.
Brown said he was a back seat passenger in a car driven by Chatman when Chatman stopped the vehicle “and demanded money from him and threatened to shoot him,” according to court documents obtained by this news organization.
During the suppression hearing, interrogation tapes were played for the judge showing Miranda warnings read to Brown four times.
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Howard was scheduled to release a ruling on the motion to suppress, but both the defense and prosecution said the case would be resolved with the plea and the agreed-to sentence.
Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Joshua Muennich said before the plea was entered that the victim’s family and detectives had been consulted and agreed it was a just outcome.