Summary of Offense:
Bryant aborted a full murder trial on April 21, 2010 by pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the January 19, 2008 shootings of Wright and friend Octavia Green, both 23. Prosecutors Carlos Vega and Brian Zarallo say Bryant deserves death because he killed two people, including a protected federal witness, and did it for money to stop Wright from testifying against Akeem Bey, head of a violent South Philadelphia drug gang. Bey is serving life for a murder Wright witnessed. He has not been charged in the slayings of Wright and Green. But while Bryant pleaded guilty, he did not testify in his defense and his confession said the shootings were spontaneous, not a hit paid for by Bey.
Bryant was sentenced to death in Philadelphia County on May 5, 2010.