Suspect in Dollar Store deaths to stand trial for murder - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

Suspect in Dollar Store deaths to stand trial for first-degree murder

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Lavere Bryant was arraigned Friday on two counts of First Degree Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Imprisonment, Felon In Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm.    

The hearing began with detailed instructions from the judge. He said the media could not record any audio of the proceedings. And for security reasons showing the faces of the witnesses was also off limits in the case. A case that's really just beginning for the families involved although progress is being made.
 
"It's always hard. It gets more difficult each day. I gotta stay quiet no matter what I want to say or do," Jamie Machus, Brenna's father, tells Fox 2's Robin Murdoch.
 
A tough day indeed for the families of 20-year-old Brenna Machus and 20-year-old Joseph Orlando. It was up to prosecutors on Friday to prove there was enough evidence to send Bryant to trial for their murders. In the end they did, but not before calling eight witnesses to the stand over a 5 hour period.
 
"Some of it was hard to listen to, mostly the autopsy. I needed to hear it I guess for closure," Jamie Machus says.
 
It's alleged Bryant went to a Dearborn Dollar Store back in July and shot Orlando several times in the head in the bathroom. A coworker testified she knew something was wrong when she showed up to open the store and the lights and alarm were off, and Orlando's cellphone lay on the floor. She says she immediately walked out and called police. She later had to identify his body. The worker also testified about $1,000 was missing from the store.
 
"We think he may have been trying to protect Brenna. We don't know for sure. We'll find out," Cynthia Konkel, Orlando's mother, says.
 
Surveillance video played in court showing Brenna Machus leaving the store that night with, at the time, an unknown person. That's why police released pictures to the media right after the incident, hoping to identify the person. An employee who often waited on Bryant at the store testified she saw that video and recognized the mannerisms, as well as the clothing, and contacted police to let them know she thought Bryant was the man they were looking for.

Brenna Machus was eventually found murdered in a grassy field. She, too, had been shot.
 
"Why couldn't he have just did what he needed to and dumped her off. Let her live. He didn't have to kill her. He'll pay for it the rest of his life," Jamie Machus says.
 
Both the families of Brenna and Orlando say they were pleased with the outcome of the proceedings and look forward to this going to trial.

Bryant's next court date is set for October 11th at 9:00am at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

  • Robin MurdochRobin MurdochMore>>

  • Flood victims get cleanup help from volunteers

    Flood victims get cleanup help from volunteers

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:30:55 GMT
    It's been three weeks since historic floods submerged roads and highways and damaged thousands of homes and businesses across Metro Detroit. Saturday, volunteers came together to lend a helping hand.
    It's been three weeks since historic floods submerged roads and highways and damaged thousands of homes and businesses across Metro Detroit. Saturday, volunteers came together to lend a helping hand.
  • All You Need to Know: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

    All You Need to Know: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:12 GMT
    The Michigan State Fair is kicking off in Novi with carnival rides, circus shows and farm animals. Located off Grand River, the fair opens Friday Aug. 29 to Labor Day Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    The Michigan State Fair is kicking off in Novi with carnival rides, circus shows and farm animals. Located off Grand River, the fair opens Friday Aug. 29 to Labor Day Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center could be taken off Detroit demo list

    Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center could be taken off Detroit demo list

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:21:07 GMT
    Mayor Mike Duggan made a big announcement about the future of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center Thursday. The historic building in Detroit had been target for demolition, but now it appears that won't happen.
    Mayor Mike Duggan made a big announcement about the future of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center Thursday. The historic building in Detroit had been target for demolition, but now it appears that won't happen.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices