Four charged with American’s murder
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 18, 2013
Four men were charged yesterday with the murder of American sailor Kyle Bruner.
Craig Johnson, 20, of Clarke’s Alley; Anton Bastian, 19, of Abraham Street; Jamaal Dorfevil, 28, of St. James Road, and Marcellus Williams, 21, of Culmer’s Alley, were also charged with two counts of armed robbery.
The men were charged with robbing Jane Robinson of a handbag, $150 in cash and an iPhone, and robbing Hayley Sayer of a handbag, an iPhone and $30 in cash.
Attorneys representing Johnson and Bastian alleged that the men were beaten by police while in custody.
Bastian’s attorney said his client was placed in a bag and beaten by police.
When Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez asked if any of the other men had complaints, Dorfevil held out a hand with what appeared to be hair in it.
Gomez ordered that the men see a doctor.
He told the men that they were not required to enter a plea, adding that the question of bail did not arise in their case.
The men were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons.
The matter was adjourned to June 10 when a voluntary bill of indictment is expected to be served.
Bastian was also charged with an additional count of armed robbery.
He was charged with robbing Jeremy Pinder of an iPod, a wallet, $50 in cash and a Bahamian driver’s license on April 1.
Bruner, 34, of Chicago, Illinois, was shot during an armed robbery near the intersection of Mackey Street and East Bay Street, police said.
Police said two men followed Bruner, another man and two women after they left Hammerheads Bar and Grill on East Bay Street around 4:30 a.m on Sunday.
Police said the men, one of whom was armed, confronted Bruner and his friends on Mackey Street and demanded their belongings.
During the hold-up, one of the women reportedly got into a scuffle with one of the assailants.
Police said Bruner attempted to confront the gunman and was shot in the neck.
Police were also looking for Leo Bethel, 18, of Balls Alley, off Shirley Street, in relation to Bruner’s death.