Man arraigned on homicide costs in friend’s dying

BRIDGEPORT — Raymond Sierra and Deontae Boykin had been decent chums and function models within the community.

Now Sierra is useless, and police say Boykin is the man liable.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 23-yr-ancient Boykin was arraigned in advanced courtroom on prison homicide and attempted first-diploma theft prices.

From his mobile in the basement of the Golden Hill street courthouse, Boykin watched on video as Senior Assistant State’s lawyer Pamela Esposito urged sophisticated courtroom choose Kevin Doyle to set a high bond because of the seriousness of the allegations.

however Boykins’ lawyer, Dennis Bradley, contended that police arrested the incorrect man. no longer simplest is the crime completely out of persona for his client, he argued however, “Witnesses have instructed police my customer changed into now not the shooter.”

Esposito retorted that under the legal murder statute, someone is responsible in the event that they assist one more grownup in a robbery that outcomes in a victim’s death.

choose Doyle ordered Boykin held in lieu of $1 million bond and persisted the case to Dec. 29.

Boykin attended Harding excessive school the place, based on Bradley, he turned into an energetic member of the soccer crew.

In 2014, when he was 16, he become looking the window of his Connecticut Avenue condo at a dispute going on on the street when he became hit by way of an errant bullet and severely injured, in keeping with a police file at the time.

In 2017, he was named volunteer of the 12 months with the aid of the significant Connecticut Coast YMCA for his work with Syrian refugees residing within the city.

The 27-yr-historic Sierra was an aspiring boxer.

When he wasn’t understanding at the regional’s Ortiz Boxing health club, the place he picked up the nickname “Hollywood” for his outgoing angle, family spoke of he would be home helping out with his younger nieces and nephews.

the two guys had been good friends for years, Bradley spoke of in courtroom, an outline backed up by way of statements in the arrest affidavit.

Sierra’s stepfather, Lisban Quesada, advised police he didn’t feel anything of it when, on the evening of Sept. 24, he was sitting on his front porch on Union Avenue and saw Boykin and a different man approach Sierra on the opposite sidewalk, in response to the affidavit.

The three men shook hands, in response to Quesada’s commentary to police. Then, the man with Boykin allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Sierra in the chest, the affidavit reads.

Quesada instructed police he had jumped in his car and tried to catch up to Boykin and the different, unidentified man, however lost them, the arrest warrant affidavit states. Quesada then drove Sierra to Bridgeport sanatorium the place the newbie boxer become reported lifeless.

The affidavit states that the following day, a witness came ahead and advised police he had been enjoying video video games with Sierra the nighttime before the murder. The witness referred to Sierra allegedly had informed him he had borrowed cash from Boykin, there had been a dispute over the debt and Sierra now feared Boykin become going to kill him.

Two other witnesses subsequently got here ahead, in keeping with the affidavit. One spoke of that Boykin allegedly advised him he had long gone to Sierra’s apartment to battle him and that a man he was with had tried to take the gold chain Sierra wore around his neck and had then shot Sierra. The different noted Boykin allegedly told the witness he and the other man were there to steal Sierra’s chain but ended up shooting him, the affidavit states.

Sierra’s mom informed police that her son at all times wore a gold chain round his neck but after he became shot, his stepfather took the chain for safekeeping, the affidavit states.