BRADENTON — A judge denied bond for one of two men accused of murder in the killing of a pregnant Bradenton woman during a home invasion attack.
Everrick Houston, 28, will remain at the Manatee County jail without bond on two counts of first-degree murder and armed burglary in the July 11 shooting death of 19-year-old Crystal Johnson and her unborn child.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports say at around 1:20 a.m., two to three men stormed Johnson’s DeSoto Village apartment in the 3800 block of Fifth Street East, where Johnson lived with her mother. Sheriff’s officials say the motive for the attack was drugs.
A gunfight ensued between the men and Johnson’s boyfriend in the apartment at the time of the attack. Detectives later discovered two of the intruders had been shot by the boyfriend and found blood outside the apartment.
Blood found about 100 feet from Johnson’s apartment came back as a match of Houston, sheriff’s Detectives Jeffrey Bliss testified at a bond hearing this morning. Other droplets of blood found 15 feet from the door of the apartment matched 21-year-old Gregory Kennon, who faces the same charges as Houston.
Houston’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Schlemmer, argued that her client should have a bond set because there is no other evidence against Houston other than the DNA, on which a forensic laboratory has not completed a full report.
“We have a DNA match we know nothing about,” Schlemmer argued to Circuit Judge Diana Moreland.
Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said the DNA match proved Houston was in the area of the shooting, and that Houston is a danger to the community with a prior record of gun and drugs convictions. Moreland agreed with Brown, ruling the blood showed Houston to be in the area of the shooting when Johnson was killed.