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Jul 20, 2015

Was Jealousy a Motive in Hattieville Murder?

Steve Munnings

Aside from the killing of Thytis Blancaneaux, there are two murders to report. Hattieville resident, thirty-one Hugh Dyer, was today charged with murder of forty-seven year old Steve Munnings, a handyman from the village. Dyer is the ex of twenty-six year old Michelle Brakeman for whom Munnings was building a bathroom. She claims that on Sunday while she was at a friend’s house, Dyer attacked her over her house key, but there are unconfirmed reports that jealousy may have resulted in the murder.  Dyer and Munnings would subsequently get into a violent fight and just before three on Sunday afternoon, Munnings was a dead man. Duane Moody has the following report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s a senseless murder; the life of forty-seven year old Steve Munnings was snuffed out on Sunday afternoon.  A house key that belonged to Michelle Brakeman for whom he was installing a bathroom in her newly constructed house is behind the murder. On that fateful day, Munnings was at his house on Myvette Street in Hattieville when thirty-one year old Hugh Dyer brandishing a two-by-four board—came knocking at his door. And enraged Dyer, who is the estranged common-law husband of Brakeman, would attack Munnings, hitting him multiples times to the head. The construction worker died at the front steps inside his fenced yard.


Voice of: Michelle Brakeman, Witnessed Attack

“I get my key from him and I gone down the street and I stop down dah this guy weh mi supposed to come fix my bathroom for me and I ask ahn—because I know my baby pa mi wah come harass me about the key. So I tell the bwai please hold the key for me and I wah text ahn when I ready to get the key from ahn; I wah text ahn make ih bring it for me then weh I could come home. I give he di key for me and I gone dah my friend house gone sit down and my baby pa gone way deh come harass me about the key. Come knock me and choke up me and even put wah knife dha my throat too and threaten to kill me. I gone dah the bwai house and ask he to give me the key and he follow me and he mi got wah piece of board ina ih hand. When the bwai gone in for the key and come outside back, he whap the bwai and ih put up ih hand fi like block the board and ih ketch ahn pan ih left hand. And the board drop and ih start punch up the bwai ina ih face and when I see all ah that I just run gone.”


Brakeman would run through a nearby yard and to the police station to notify the authorities of what was happening. By the time a patrol arrived to the scene, Munnings was already dead and residents in the area would flock outside the yard.


Voice of: Neighbor

“When I looked out, I saw the crowd and when I asked what happened, she told me that the guy “Molo” is dead. I said, “What?” The first thing weh gone through my head was that probably ih get wah attack or something like that. So I came out and I went over there and I saw him on the ground beside the house and he was on his back. His face was full of blood, his mouth was open and you can see the blood inside his mouth and I was appalled when I saw it because I said it look like somebody beat him up.”


His attacker fled the area, but would later be caught by the Rural Rapid Response and a Strike Team from Hattieville.


Edward Broaster

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Rural Regional Commander, Police Dept.

“The common-law of the suspect had a conversation with his ex-common-law where both went to Mister Munning’s resident to retrieve a key. And as a result, the suspect, who is now in police custody, Hugh Dyer, began assaulting Mister Munnings and subsequently caused the fatal injuries that he suffered. Mister Dyer fled the scene and eluded a patrol and the rural rapid response along with the strike team from Hattieville combined effort where they captured Mister Dyer in the Hattieville area.”


Today, Dyer was charged and arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John for the murder of Munnings; he was remanded to the Central Prison until October twentieth. But while Dyer has been charged for murder, Brakeman says that she does not want to press charges against her estranged common-law husband for assaulting her with a knife.


Duane Moody

“Do you believe your common-law husband killed Mister Munnings?”


Hugh Dyer

Voice of: Michelle Brakeman

“I don’t know. I noh sure cause I noh see that happen. Like weh I tell yo weh I see.”


Duane Moody

“But ih attacked him right?”


Voice of: Michelle Brakeman



Duane Moody

“He is currently detained by police. Are you going to press charges for the fact that he has attacked you with a knife?”


Voice of: Michelle Brakeman

“Well when I mi gone and make my report, I say I neva mi wah press charge. I just mi wah get back my key from ahn and put restraining order against ahn. But now that this happen, I noh know.”


For relatives and friends, “Molo,” as he was affectionately known, was not known as a troublemaker; he was a handyman in the village.


Voice of: Neighbor

“He was a cool young man and he lived over there for about two years or more. He was a cool person. You noh see him with a lot of company; whenever you see him, he is by himself. He goes to work and come back. He loves hunting and come back in the morning, but he was a cool person. Whenever you see him, he always has a smile on his face.”


Duane Moody for News Five.


The two-by-four board and a knife were retrieved by police and are being kept as evidence for trial. 

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