Ryan Keith Skipper Update
The two men charged with the stabbing of Ryan Keith Skipper are facing the death penalty.
A grand jury has handed down first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon indictments against Joseph Eli Bearden, 21, and William David Brown Jr., 20.
Bearden and Brown have been held without bail wince their arrest on March 16.
The Sheriff’s Office has described Skipper’s killing as a hate crime because Skipper was gay and the prosecutor said he expects to argue for the maximum sentence.
Police believe Skipper went out that night to cruise for other men. Skipper was killed in his own car. Bearden and Brown dumped the body on the side of the road. They attempted to later clean the interior of the automobile. I'm wondering if Skipper knew the men.
He apparently found Bearden walking along a local street and offered him a ride. The men went to Skipper's home, smoked marijuana and used Skipper's lap top computer.
Later they left the house and met up with Brown.
That doesn't sound like a gay hookup. Skipper was comfortable enough to allow Bearden in his home. There is nothing in the article about them having sex. Why then leave the house to meet Brown?
There is a saying about most homosides are committed by someone they know. I'm wondering if that is the case here.