Suspect Arraigned In Fatal Shooting Of Woman In Hartford

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Carlton Bryan, 21 (left), and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, 24 (right), have been charged in the fatal shooting of an East Hartford woman on April 29.

HARTFORD – One of two men accused of the April shooting death of Shamari Jenkins has been arraigned.

Carlton “CJ” Bryan appeared before Judge Joan Alexander in Superior Court Friday morning as some two dozen Jenkins supporters watched. The judge set his bail at $2.5 million.

The co-defendant in the case, Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, is in custody on unrelated charges and will be arraigned at a later date.

Jenkins, 21, was several months pregnant at the time of her death April 29, said Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Major Crimes Division.

On Thursday, police obtained arrest warrants for Jenkins’ boyfriend, Carlton “CJ” Bryan, 21, and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, 24, Foley said.

Both men are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and carrying a pistol without a permit. Bryan, of Windsor, is also charged with making a false statement. Hall-Davis, of Vernon, is facing an additional charge of criminal possession of a pistol.

Jenkins was driving south on Magnolia Street near Mather Street on April 29, and Bryan was with her, Foley said. After a stop in the area, one shot was fired that struck Jenkins in the shoulder, penetrating her torso, said Foley.

She was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, where she was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m.

Police believe that Hall-Davis was the shooter and that the gun belonged to Bryan, Foley said.

Bryan was located by police at a home in Windsor, said Foley. Hall-Davis was arrested on May 23 in connection with a robbery in Manchester and remains in custody.

Bail was set at $1,500,000 for both men.

By Kelly Glista and Hilda Munoz, Hartford Courant

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