CHARLOTTE—Three suspects accused of murdering a Conover man were in court Thursday.
It was an emotional day at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse for Bernice Bryant. Her daughter, Aveance Bryant, was arrested Saturday night. Davonta Turner and Ashley Owens were arrested Sunday morning. All three are charged with the stabbing death of 21-year-old Michael Shull of Conover.
His body was found on Crestdale Drive Friday night. One of the suspect's mothers spoke out after court. She said Shull was like a son to her.
“All of this did not have to happen. None of this. Michael Shull was truly an angel from God," mother of suspect Bernice Bryant.
Shull’s family said he was in North Charlotte to visit his girlfriend when he was robbed and stabbed. Police say Shull was found dead on Crestdale Drive Friday night.
“I don’t know the case," said Bryant. I don’t know what happened. It’s just heartbreaking."
A police report said one of the suspects knew the victim, but Bryant was hesitant to talk about her daughter’s relationship to Shull.
“"They loved each other. I just want to leave her out of this. I just want to leave her out of this. I want people to know Michael was like a son to me. He never did anything to anyone,” said Bryant.
Bryant also expressed her condolences to Shull’s family, saying this should have never happened.
"There's too much killing going on in this world and they're killing people that had nothing to do with anything. He's supposed to be here today. My heart goes out to his family, and my heart goes out to my daughter, and my heart goes out to me because my heart is broken as well,” said Bryant.
No bond was set Thursday for any of the suspects. The bond hearing for all three suspects will be Jan. 9 and a probable cause hearing will be Jan. 14. In addition to the murder charge, the suspects also face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.