- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

ATLANTA (AP) — Phyllis Brown, who began a lengthy legal battle against the men who assassinated her husband three days before he was to take office as a county sheriff in 2000, died Dec. 24 at DeKalb Medical Center. She was 52.

Mrs. Brown had been admitted for flu-like symptoms, family friend Geraldine Champion said. She died of complications from a previous stroke, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Derwin Brown was gunned down in his driveway on Dec. 15, 2000. Suspicion immediately fell on Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, who was later convicted of plotting the murder and is now serving a life sentence.

Mrs. Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Dorsey, the others involved in the murder and DeKalb County.

Georgia courts dismissed the claims against the county, ruling that it can’t be held liable because a sheriff is a state officer. The U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to consider the case.

Two other men were sentenced in November 2005 to life in federal prison for their part in the murder-for-hire killing. The two, who previously were acquitted in a state trial in 2002, were convicted in August of federal conspiracy charges related to Mr. Brown’s slaying.

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