Michael Bryant, 17, Faces Murder Charges After His Burglary Accomplice Is Shot And Killed


Michael Bryant, 17 - SLMPD
  • Michael Bryant, 17

Michael Bryant, 17, and Demetrius Murphy, 15, allegedly tried to break into a St. Louis home near Gravois Park in the middle of the night last week. As we reported, the burglary did not go as planned.

Murphy ended up dead -- and now Bryant is facing murder charges.

Police recently announced that the Circuit Attorney's Office has issued warrants for attempted burglary against Bryant -- and second-degree murder.

Why the latter charge?

Missouri law says that this teenager can be charged for felony murder since Murphy died during the burglary, in which he was an accomplice.

That means that in addition to penalties for attempted burglary, Bryant will likely face sentencing tied to second-degree murder allegations.

There's not much information out there about Bryant -- other than that he is 17 years old, is from the 3500 block of Miami Street and was allegedly trying to break into a Louisiana Avenue home at about 1:30 a.m. Friday morning when a 33-year-old resident of the house noticed the disturbance.

Street where the burglary/shooting took place. - GOOGLE MAPS
  • Google Maps
  • Street where the burglary/shooting took place.

Police say that man came out with a gun -- but Murphy didn't back off and instead approached him.

The unnamed man fired shots at Murphy and killed him; in Missouri, people who come against intruders in their home on their property are legally allowed to use this kind of deadly force.

Bryant was not harmed.

Here's the short notification from SLMPD about Bryant's charges, followed by the original incident report.

The Circuit Attorney's Office has issued warrants for Murder 2nd and Attempted Burglary 1st against 17-year old Michael Bryant of the 3500 block of Miami in connection to this morning's incident on the 3700 block of Tennessee.

Incident: Burglary/Homicide
Location: 3700 block of Tennessee
Dates/Times: 2/15/13 @ 01:24
Victim #1: 33-year old white male
Victim #2: 28-year old white female
Suspect #1: Demetrius Murphy, 15-year old black male from the 4600 block of Louisiana
Suspect #2: 17-year old black male
Synopsis: The suspects were forcibly attempting to burglarize the victims'home. Victim #1 went outside to investigate the activity and shot Suspect #1 as thesuspect approached him. Suspect #1 was pronounced deceased at the scene and Suspect#2 was located and taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.