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Man kills girlfriend after refusing to have an abortion

By Mason White 11:01 AM June 10, 2013
Carlton Bryan and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after killing his girlfriend because she refused to have an abortion, according to court proceedings in Connecticut.

Shamari Jenkins was pregnant and wanted to settle down, but her boyfriend had other plans, according to court documents released Friday.

Carlton Bryan, 21, who has lived in Windsor and Hartford, was arrested Friday and was charged last night with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol without a permit and second-degree making a false statement.
Judge Joan Alexander set his bail at $2.5 million.

Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, the alleged gunman, faces similar charges. He is in custody on unrelated theft charges, police said.
Jenkins, 20, was shot in the chest as she sat at the wheel of her Honda Accord, with Bryan in the front passenger seat, in front of 137 Magnolia St. in the North End of the city.

“Carlton Bryan did not want Shamari Jenkins to have the baby,” Hall-Davis told police. “Carlton Bryan said that Shamari initially agreed to have an abortion, but changed her mind and was four months pregnant,” Hall-Davis told police.
Hall-Davis also told police that Bryan “wanted to stay with his other girlfriend.”

Jenkins had planned to name her baby Ja’seon Carlton.
According to the indictment, Bryan lied to the police twice on the circumstances of the death of his girlfriend.

First, he told investigators that he and Jenkins were expecting a cousin to bring him $50 when she was shot. He did not know who was the murderer, police said that Carlton said.

Then he said they were waiting to buy marijuana from two of his friends, but they never appeared. In that interview, he blamed someone with the street name of “Low”, whom he had known from prison for the shooting. He chose the photo of the man in a photo array, police said.

But police learned that “Low” had an alibi. They did not get a break in the case until May 20, when a friend assigned to be the lookout told police that Bryan wanted to kill his girlfriend.