Pair accused of Lake Worth cab driver murder on trial

Christian Carl Eberhart
Christian Carl Eberhart

What Marsen Paul thought was a routine Sunday fare four years ago turned out to be the last one of his life, Assistant State Attorney Takisha Richardson told a jury Wednesday.

Prosecutors say two men, Christian Eberhart, 24, and Brian Javon Brown, 25, set out to rob the taxi cab driver, and Eberhart shot him to death when the robbery went awry. But at the start of a joint trial for the men Wednesday, their attorneys said the case was built on scant evidence and false conclusions.

Eberhardt’s attorney Robert Gershman, said authorities never found a murder weapon after the western Lake Worth shooting, and found no gunshot residue on his hands. Brown’s attorney, Christopher Haddad, attacked witness identifications of the two men as faulty.

Brian Javon Brown
Brian Javon Brown

Richardson, however, told jurors that they would hear an incriminating conversation between the two men as they sat in the back of a squad car after they were caught less than a mile from where authorities found Paul’s crashed van at

It was Brown, Richardson said, who told Eberhart that investigators were saying that they didn’t know whether the badly wounded Paul would survive the attack. If he died, Richardson quoted Brown as saying that he and Eberhart would be “straight” if Paul died.

“What they were counting on is the unfortunate reality that dead men can’t say what happened to them,” Richardson told jurors.

Paul survived for three days after the shooting but eventually died of his injuries.

Testimony in the case began Wednesday with Paul’s supervisor at Yellow Cab. If convicted, both men face life in prison.



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