Triple Murder Suspect Makes First Appearance
The man accused of murdering three of his co-workers at a nightspot made his first appearance in court on Monday.
In the meantime, friends and families of the victims are coping with the tragedy.
"I just dropped to my knees and started crying," said Brandon Sulter.
Early Sunday morning, Sulter received the news that his 20 -year- old cousin Jerry Bynes, had been shot and killed.
"The last time I heard from him was that he was going to watch the fights, MMA because that's what he does," said Sulter.
A Saturday night out at aj's bar in Downtown Ocala, turned into tragedy.
Detectives said 31- year-old Andrew Jospeh Lobban gunned down three men.
Bynes who is known as "Junior", 25- year -old Josue Santiago nicknamed "Sway" and 23- year- old Benjamin Howard were all shot and killed.
Sulter said Junior and Sway were both fathers and that the men were inseparable.
"Everywhere Sway went Junior was with him. They were buddied up. Anything happen to Sway, Junior had his back. Anything happen to Junior, Sway had his back," said Sulter.
Friends and family of the victims set up a memorial at the Ocala Entertainment Complex. The place where the three victims and the suspect all worked as bouncers.
On Monday morning, Lobban made his first appearance in court.
"You are charged with three counts of first degree murder," said Judge Thompson.
Judge Thompson said Lobban could face life in prison.
During his first appearnce, Lobban spoke through a representative, but aksed the judge for a public defender.
Shortly after Rock Hooker with the State Attorneys Office revealed the results of the autopsy reports.
"All three victims were shot in the head. Two of them were shot in the back of the head. Two of them had that indicated close range shot," said Hooker.
The other shot in the forehead.
The arrest affadavit states that Lobban intended to shoot Sway because he was embarrassed about a video prank and that he shot the two other men on accident.
Hooker said he believes Lobban planned the murder.
"The defendant actually apologized to a witness earlier in the day about what was going to happen tonight, meaning the night of the murder. So there is substantial information of premeditation," said Hooker.
Judge Thomas Thompson III denied him bond.
Lobbans arraignment will be held on July 2, 2013.
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