A Bridgehampton, NY, man pleaded not guilty on March 18, 2014, to a four-count indictment that upgraded charges in the Christmas Day slaying at an auto body shop in Medford, NY. Brandon Davis, 19, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Taleik Bristel, 19, at Whitestar MTR, Suffolk district attorney Thomas Spota said in a news release.
A grand jury also indicted him on first-degree assault charges against one of three other victims who were shot and survived. Authorities said Davis had a handgun when he and co-defendants Cesar Figueroa, 19, and Tasheem Carter, 19, both of Mastic, NY, held up four people at the auto body shop at about 3:20 a.m. on December 25, 2013. They are accused of demanding drugs and money, but the robbery turned fatal, with Bristel, of Patchogue, NY, shot in the back of the head, two men in the back, and a woman in the abdomen, police said. Davis' attorney Paul Barahal of Smithtown, NY, said it was "absolutely not accurate" that his client had a gun, because Davis was not there at the time. Davis, arrested March 7, 2014, was held on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail.