4 teens charged in stabbing death of Syracuse man

Marvin Bryant

Four Syracuse teens have been charged in connection with the death of a 65-year-old man near his home Monday night.

Syracuse Police say 17-year-old Jahmeer Stackhouse, 18-year-old Shakeith Stackhouse and a 15-year-old, who was not named due to his age, have been arrested and charged with second degree murder and first degree robbery for their roles in the death of Marvin Bryant. 19-year-old Tony Comer is charged with third degree robbery.

Jahmeer Stackhouse, Shakeith Stackhouse, and the 15-year-old were arraigned in Onondaga County Court and remanded to the Justice Center jail without bail.

Police say around 8:00 pm Monday Bryant was loitering in the area of East Beard Street and Beard Place with the intention of buying drugs when he was robbed by Comer. Police say Comer then told his three â??acquaintancesâ?? that Bryant still had money on him and, 10 minutes later, the two Stackhouse teens and the 15-year-old robbed Bryant at knifepoint. During the course of the robbery, Shakeith Stackhouse and the 15-year-old each stabbed Bryant in the back.

Bryant was able to make it to a family memberâ??s home on the 1900 block of South Salina Street to call for help. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he later died from his injuries. reports Bryantâ??s wife has requested an order of protection after claiming in court Thursday morning that she knows one of the suspects.

Bryantâ??s death is the 20th homicide in Syracuse in 2013. He was an usher at Bethany Baptist Church in Syracuse.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner reacted to Bryant being out looking for drugs: â??It doesnâ??t matter what he was doing, he didnâ??t deserve to die like that," Miner said. â??Wherever drugs are, violence follows.â??

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says the investigation was â??good police workâ??, and was aided by people who were upset over Bryantâ??s murder.