Pascual Defendant Allowed to Live With Mom
BY JOHN CHAPPELL
A teen charged in a drive-by murder in Robbins will be able to live with his mother until his trial, though their exact address is sealed.
Bryant Andrew McKinney will live at home until his trial or other disposition of his case. Four members of his family face charges arising from the street shooting March 31, 2009.
Tomas Pascual, 18, died from a single shot from a .22-caliber rifle fired from a red Camaro as he stood talking with friends across from Tabernacle Methodist Church. Police charged Michael Lee Stidham and McKinney with first-degree murder. McKinney's brother, Trae Mckinney, and their parents were charged as accessory after the fact.
In January, Stidham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He did not speak, but through his attorney, C. Scott Holmes, of Durham, apologized to Pascual's family.
During the investigation, Stidham had originally told police that McKinney shot Pascual. But Holmes told the court that Stidham later admitting firing the fatal shot himself.
On Tuesday, in Superior Court, Arthur Donadio asked Senior Resident Superior Court Judge James M. Webb to make changes in the conditions of Bryant McKinney's release. Previously, the teen had been released to the custody of his grandparents. His grandmother died recently, and Donadio wanted the court to allow the boy to live with his mother at her new home.
She no longer lives in Robbins, Donadio told Webb. He said there is no reason to fear any attacks in retribution from family or friends of Pascual.
"His mother has relocated," Donadio said. "I have passed to the DA the location of her new residence which is not in the public file. The defense has a motion to shift his residence to his mother's home. The reason to move from grandmother to mother is that she is no longer living in Robbins."
Webb asked the mother if she had anything to say about it.
"I'd love to have my son back home," Tara Reynolds told Webb. "I'd love to have the family back together."
His two brothers, 18 and 13 years of age, also live in the home, she said in response to questions from Webb.
Assistant District Attorney Warren McSweeney said the state had no objection to the change but noted that the mother, father and younger brother all face charges in the shooting.
Webb granted the motion for change of residence and modified the conditions of release. Donadio is to file a separate motion with the change of address. Webb ordered that it be sealed in an envelope marked not for release to public inspection.
McSweeney told Webb that the case is set for the June 2 morning session of Superior Court.
On the family's way out, the mother hinted she had a few things on her mind that she'd like to say - just not yet.
"It is still going on, so I can't say anything right now," Reynolds said, pausing at the courtroom door with her father and two sons. "I will have a lot to say then."
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