Carlton Bryan, 21, is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Shamari Jenkins, because she didn’t want to get an abortion, prosecutors say.
A Connecticut man enraged that his pregnant girlfriend wouldn’t get an abortion allegedly hired a hitman to kill her, according to court documents.
Carlton Bryan, 21, was riding with Shamari Jenkins, who was four months pregnant, when she was fatally shot April 29 while driving in Hartford’s North End, police said.
Alleged trigger man Matthew Allen Hall-Davis fired through the back window and struck 20-year-old Jenkins.
The bullet hit her shoulder and traveled through her torso, police said. She and her unborn baby boy were pronounced dead at the hospital.
During Bryan’s arraignment Friday, Prosecutor Cathryn Krinitsky called the crime “egregious”, and said that he wanted Jenkins dead because she “previously decided to have an abortion but decided not to”, The Hartford Courant reported.
Bryan’s bail was set at $2.5 million, and he was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol without a permit and second-degree making a false statement.
Police said the gun – a .44-caliber magnum revolver – belonged to Bryan, but his friend, Hall-Davis, was the shooter.
Hall-Davis, 24, allegedly confessed to the shooting, but told police that he intended to double-cross Bryan and shoot him instead – not Jenkins.
The Journal Inquirer
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