Brown, a veteran of more than 20 years in DeKalb policing, was ambushed when he arrived home from a party on Dec. 15, 2000. He took at least 10 bullets and fell to the ground clutching roses he’d brought for his wife. It was her birthday.
Brown left behind five children and wife Phyllis, who suspected Dorsey had played a hand in the killing.
She pointed a finger at Dorsey from the witness stand two years later as the disgraced sheriff was on trial for murder, accused of putting up employees to kill Brown.
"You called him the lowest scumbag on Earth," she said. "I beg to differ. That is you. That is you. As you watch yourself in the mirror, you are the lowest scumbag on the Earth."
That day, Dorsey claimed he was innocent even. He was convicted still.
"I know you are going to sentence me severely," he said, looking up at the judge and raising an open palm for emphasis. "But I do not have the blood of Derwin Brown on my hands."
But he confessed in 2007 while serving life.
He remains in Georgia State Prison.
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