57-year-old Key West businessman, who shot and killed young man, will get no bond and will remain in jail
KEY WEST, Florida – In a rare move, the lawyers for the 57-year-old business owner in Key West who is accused of killing a 21-year-old man the day before agreed that he should stay in jail.
Lloyd Preston Brewer III went before a Monroe County judge by video to answer for the death of Garrett Hughes. He was charged with second-degree murder and having a gun.
Prosecutors say that Brewer shot and killed Hughes around 12:30 a.m. on Monday outside of the Searstown shopping center on North Roosevelt Boulevard. Hughes had been urinating behind Conch Town Liquor and Lounge, so Brewer confronted Hughes about it. Hughes then shot and killed Hughes.
Brewer does not own the bar, but according to property records, he does own the building where the bar and other businesses are located.
Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward said that surveillance video showed that Brewer, who was also drunk, got out of his car to confront Hughes, who was shirtless and unarmed.
The men were both drunk at the time, the prosecutors said.
“Hughes is kind of staggering around, and Brewer pulls up his shirt, pulls out a gun, and pumps a shot into his stomach,” Ward said.
He said that Brewer probably fired another shot and then called 911 to say that he shot Hughes in self-defense, but that the video doesn’t back up that idea.
Tran Hinh, who lives near the crime scene, told Local 10 News on Tuesday that he didn’t hear a fight but did hear multiple gunshots.
“When I walked out, I saw police lights everywhere and thought, ‘Wow, someone must have been hurt or something,'” Hinh said.
Tuesday, his family watched the court case. They said that Garrett was a kind son who had a close group of friends.
The head football coach at Key West High School is Garrett Hughes’s dad, John.
“We are obviously heartbroken, but the love and support from the Key West community and beyond has helped,” John Hughes said in a statement to Local 10 News on Tuesday evening. “Garrett’s smile could light up a room, and everyone liked him. He loved and stayed true to his family and friends, and he was so proud of the island where he lived. He will be missed very much.”
Hughes was a “standout athlete” at Key West High School, and the Monroe County School District said in a statement that he was “giving back to the community by volunteering to coach our youth.”
Theresa Axford, who is in charge of the Monroe County School District, said, “We are sad for Coach John Hughes, his wife Tiffany, and Garrett’s mother Lesley Touzalin.” “He was a very special young man who cared a lot about our students and our athletic programs. We and the whole town will miss him a lot. Our prayers and love go out to Garrett’s family and to everyone who knew and loved him.
Brewer will stay in the Monroe County Jail without having to pay a bond.
Don Yates, Brewer’s lawyer, said in court, “I think it would be fair to keep Brewer in jail.”
Local 10 News has tried to get Yates’s opinion on the case, but hasn’t heard back.
On March 2, Brewer is set to go to court for a hearing.