Husband Believed to Beat Her With Pistol as Kids Watch


SPENCER—A man suspected of beating and killing his wife in front of their children told authorities “he went too far,” an affidavit said.

Joshua Christian Brown, his deceased wife and the couple’s three children were inside a home in the 4700 block of Woodland Park Terrace when investigators with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office arrived at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 30.

Mr. Brown, 34, told an investigator he punched and strangled the victim, identified as Shawntae Lynn Brown, 34. 

The couple’s 14-year-old son told the investigator he watched his father beat his wife with a handgun, a shoe, a belt and a flag pole in the hours before her death, the investigator reported in a probable cause affidavit.

“The 14-year-old also made statements that Joshua Brown made him and his siblings clean up the blood and mess and told them not to talk to anyone about the incident,” the affidavit noted.

Investigators found a large amount of blood evidence throughout the house. 

Items were disheveled and broken throughout the residence and holes appeared to have been punched or kicked into the drywall throughout, investigators reported.

“A semi-automatic handgun was recovered and it appeared that Joshua Brown had beaten the victim with it so severely that the fiber optic front sight had shattered and was caked with blood and hair,” the investigator wrote.  “

“The victim’s body was covered in bruises, contusions and lacerations consistent with a severe beating.”

Mr. Brown was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of domestic assault and battery.  He was being held without bail, a jail worker said.

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